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Some thoughts on Prayer

This page is dedicated to the many different forms of prayer.  Prayer is very individual and personal.  There is no "right" way to pray.  Many want to improve prayer life - perhaps this page will be helpful.  I can testify that a common comment from the men who have been through the SacraMentors program is that their prayer life has improved.  This is interesting in that prayer, per se, is not taught in the program, but it is present.  As men become closer in their relationship to Christ, their communication improves.  Included on this section are some quotes from Jesus on prayer, chants from the Taize community in France, the Jesus prayer, information on the practice of centering prayer, the rosary, and common Christian prayers.   Hopefully you will find some of these prayer forms useful. Jesus taught us how to pray, and gave us the prayer we now call the Our Father.   If you are struggling in your prayer life, It is wise to turn to Jesus and ask his help.   Simply go to him and say "Lord, teach me how to pray".   Listen, be persistent and you will benefit.  One of the most common themes in improving prayer life and communication with Christ is silence.  This is not just a quiet, but an interior silence where the mind allows the thoughts to cease and eventually the voice of God and can be heard.  Many of our brothers have requested prayer intentions.  Please visit the Community page and include them with your own.

Bless you ... Steve Egge

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Jesus on Prayer

But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.  In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

"This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one.  If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions. - Matthew 6: 6-15

"Which one of you would hand his son a stone when he asks for a loaf of bread, or a snake when he asks for a fish?  If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him.  Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets." - Matthew 7: 9-12

"Again, (amen,) I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." - Matthew 18: 19-20

"Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive." - Matthew 21:22

"When you stand to pray, forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance, so that your heavenly Father may in turn forgive you your transgressions." - Mark 11:25

"For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." - Luke 11:10

"If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you." - John 15:7

"Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete." - John 16:24

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Taizé Community Prayer

During a SacraMentors presentation at Holy Spirit in Kent, Tim Malone introduced the group to a beautiful prayer form of chant and song from the Taizé community in France. Their chants reach a deep part of me and bring me to God in a different way. If it so touches you, you may want to look further into this prayer medium. There are many Taizé prayer groups in parishes throughout the United States. If you would like to participate in one or attend a session, I would contact your archdiocese office for location and times. You may also find them by searching Google and adding the name of your community after the word "Taizé". The Taizé community was started in France by Brother Roger, they have a web site in english.

A Taizé Community Chant - Bless

Bless the Lord my soul,
and Bless God's Holy Name,
Bless the Lord my soul,
Who leads me into Life.

Play Taizé Prayer "Bless" in mp3 format

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