How to Pray More Every Day to Draw Closer to God and be More Mindful of Him
How to Pray More Every Day
Do you want to add more prayer to your life and wonder how to pray more every day?
There are two simple ways you can regularly pray more often each day: plan ahead and link prayer to daily activities.
With these two methods, you will be able to add more prayer time to each day.
Planning prayer time.
Planning ahead is the first key to praying more every day.
How often do you want to pray? How long do you want to spend in prayer?
Remember that prayer is a communication between you and God. You may be inspired by the prayer life of others and want to pray as much as they do, but remember that each person’s life is different. You may have different responsibilities and different activities clamoring for your time. Think of what is realistic for you in your life right now. Your life will change. Just make a plan for right now.
Take the time to think about how often you want to pray and if that is a realistic amount of time for you.
Next, decide what prayers you want to pray. Do you want to speak to God from your heart? Do you want to pray an entire Rosary or one decade each day? Is the Divine Mercy Chaplet a prayer you want to pray?
Determine how you want to pray and what prayers you want to pray. Perhaps you want to have a mix of both prayers from your heart and formal prayers in your day. It is up to you.
Next, decide when you will pray each day.
You may want to begin your day with a Morning Offering, then pray for your prayer intentions. Family evening prayer time may be something you already do with your family.
Think of times in your day that will naturally lend themselves to prayer time. See which type of prayer will go best with each one. (The next section will give you more ideas.)
The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: How to Practice the Sacred Heart Devotion by Fr. John Croiset , SJ. is about the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus as Jesus told St. Mary Margret herself. Fr. Croiset was St. Mary Margaret’s spiritual director, so he knows very well about Jesus’ teachings to her about His Sacred Heart.
Link prayer to daily activities
One way to create the habit of praying more each day is to link prayer to different activities.
For example, if you pray a Morning Offering before you get our of bed, you have linked these two activities.
Perhaps you can pray from your heart while you wash dishes or do laundry. You can pray for your family members, ask God to bless them, pray for your specific intentions for each one of them, and thank God for them.
You can pray Grace Before Meals when you sit down to eat. When you get in the car to go somewhere you can pray a Rosary (or part of one, depending on how long your drive is). Praying while nursing the baby, or while taking a shower are also times that may work for you.
Some people like to pray at specific times. Three o'clock is traditionally the time to pray the Divine Mercy since three o'clock is when Jesus died.
Take small steps and begin to pray more every day.
Pick one prayer and one task you can link it to or choose a specific time you want to pray. Try our that for a week or so and see how it works. If you need to make changes, go ahead and do so. If not, keep on praying.
Then, add another prayer time to your day.
The purpose of prayer is to communicate with God-to talk to Him and to listen to Him. Ask God to help and guide you to enjoy praying and to make the time for it during each day. He will help you.
How to pray more every day recap and resources.
Here is a recap:
Plan ahead: what prayers will you pray and when during the day will you pray?
Link prayer to daily activities.
Start by adding one more prayer to your day.
Remember that prayer is communicating with God. Ask Him to help you to make the time each day for prayer.
Here are some more resources:
Good Catholic Books to Read: Improve Your Prayer Life
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