Catholic Resources Lord Teach us Prayers How to Build Prayer Time

Quiet Yourself From Distractions
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus; let us throw off everything that distracts us (Hebrews 12:1-2). Morning tends to be a better time to pray for most people; choose a quiet place - in your home, at work, outdoors, in a church.

Examine Your Conscience
Repent of your sins; ask for forgiveness; believe your sins are forgiven; repent at the Penitential Rite during the liturgy; receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation whenever possible; let God free your conscience (Hebrews 9:14).

Enter Into the Presence of God
Dwell on the Love Jesus has for us; recite the following truths from the Nicene Creed:

  1. God is our Father/Creator;
  2. Jesus is our Loving Savior; 
  3. The Holy Spirit comforts us; 
  4. The church is one with Jesus; 
  5. Jesus intercedes for us in heaven. 
  6. Jesus will come again in glory!

  7. Praise God–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
    Fix your eyes on the Father; tell the Father you love him; call him “Abba” (Father); thank him for this wonderful Creation and for all the good.
  • Fix your eyes on Jesus; tell him how grateful you are for his death and his Resurrection; tell him how grateful you are for everything he has done.
  • Fix your eyes on the Holy Spirit; ask the Holy Spirit to teach you about your sins and how to consecrate your life to Jesus more each day.

Let God Move You
Take a phrase such as “Holy Jesus” and softly repeat it without thinking or distraction. Try to give the Holy Spirit the freedom to show you God’s perspective on “Holy Jesus.” You may find yourself in the presence of One Who Is Holy. You may discover new avenues of love toward God.

Ask Questions (Matthew 7:7-11)
Go to God and ask him; try to learn how to listen to him and enjoy his presence; try to sense what he might be saying in your heart as you pray and read the Scriptures.

Bring Your Petitions to The Lord
Pray for your family’s needs; intercede for the sick; pray for the whole Church; ask God for his blessing for you and your family; ask him to give you and your family spiritual protection to do good and to say “no” to evil and sin.

Journal Your Prayer Time
A prayer journal will help us recall what we sense God has expressed to us, what we have prayed for, and it will help us carry Jesus through our day.

More helpful advice for prayer:  How to deal with distractions to prayer