To help you focus, repeat the Catholic “ Miracle Prayer .” The prayer goes as follows: “Lord Jesus, I come before Thee, just as I am, I am sorry for my sins, I repent of my sins, please forgive me. In Thy Name, I forgive all others for what they have done against me.
I hope they will encourage you to make 2021 a year of prayer . Know to whom you are speaking. Thank him. Ask for God’s will. Say what you need. Ask for forgiveness. Pray with a friend. Pray the Word. Memorize Scripture.
Prayer has been reported to improve outcomes in human as well as nonhuman species, to have no effect on outcomes, to worsen outcomes and to have retrospective healing effects.
1. Remember that fasting is not “earning” an answer to prayer . God cannot be blackmailed by human effort. God wants to answer our prayers and He answers out of grace.
Think, O’ God , of our friend who is ill, whom we now commend to Your compassionate regard. that no healing is too hard if it be Your will. We therefore pray that You bless our friend with Your loving care, renew his/her strength, and heal what ails him/her in Your loving name.
Take time to remember how much God loves you and those you are praying for. Remember all the ways God has been faithful in the past. Pray the Word. Be comfortable not knowing what to pray. Invite others to pray with you. Find peace in surrendering to God’s will. Worship God .
The basic forms of prayer are adoration , contrition , thanksgiving and supplication, abbreviated as A.C.T.S. The Liturgy of the Hours, the seven canonical hours of the Catholic Church prayed at fixed prayer times, is recited daily by clergy, religious and devout believers.
The most common prayer among Christians is the ” Lord’s Prayer “, which according to the gospel accounts (e.g. Matthew 6:9-13) is how Jesus taught his disciples to pray.
“My God , My God , why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt 27:46, Mark 15:34) “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46)
All forms of prayer , he says, evoke a relaxation response that quells stress, quiets the body, and promotes healing .
According to a study by CentraState Healthcare System, “the psychological benefits of prayer may help reduce stress and anxiety, promote a more positive outlook, and strengthen the will to live.” Other practices such as Yoga, T’ai chi, and Meditation may also have a positive impact on physical and psychological health.
When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonian church “to this end we always pray for you” he obviously was affirming his belief in intercessory prayer . We are to pray for others, especially those undergoing trying times, for our prayers will make a difference .
How to Fast Safely: 10 Helpful Tips Keep Fasting Periods Short. There is no single way to fast, meaning that the duration of your fast is up to you. Eat a Small Amount on Fast Days. Stay Hydrated. Go for Walks or Meditate. Don’t Break Fasts With a Feast. Stop Fasting If You Feel Unwell. Eat Enough Protein. Eat Plenty of Whole Foods on Non- Fasting Days.