Servants of Christ Jesus of the Catholic Faith

Apostolic See of St. John

             His Eminence Archbishop-Primate +John Paul Hozvicka SCJ, D.D.

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HOW TO Start A PRAYER LIFE

 

     Prayer has different meaning to each person such as intimacy with God, prayer-reading of the Holy Scriptures, and experiencing fellowship with the Spirit. Prayers are given for many reason such as interceding in everyday life for renewing and transformation of the human spirit; providing prayer for individual friends and family, and praying for the sick. In this way, we encounter God, do the works of the kingdom, and help bring about change to the world through the works of the faithful.

 

A daily prayer life is essential to the development of a spiritual life. Through this lifestyle of prayer we can receive the fullness of what God love and blessings that He has provided for us?  A spiritual devotion is to spend at least one hour of prayer three times a day.

 

So, what is prayer? It is making time to talk to God. It is at the same time a great privilege, a fierce struggle, and a powerful miracle of the Holy Spirit working within who helps us in our weakness in prayer. Prayer is going to a place where we can abide, have communion with and be intimate with Christ.  As we do this, we 


Connect with the Spirit that energizes us, renews us, refreshes us and brings us to a point in time where we can love\ God

 

“He who abides in Me...bears much fruit; for without Me you can do Nothing” (John. 15:5)

 

Prayer was never meant to be an action of duty or merely someone looking to have desires fulfilled. Rather, it is a rime and place to encounter with God where our spirit is energized as we grow to love Him more. It positions us to be spiritually renewed to love God.

 

Prayer leads to intimacy with God and protects our spirit from sin. As we minister to other people over the years our prayer life serves as a buffer against spiritual corruption. Maintaining a heart connected to Jesus love is the lifeline that enables us for decades to sustain our ministry of winning lost souls, healing the sick, and doing works of love and Compassion in God’s name.

 

Inspiration from Scripture Passages

 

“He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Ps. 46:10

 

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matt. 6:6

 

“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” James 4:3

 

“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:13-14

Structure Your Prayers

 

A—ADORATION: Your salutation before the Lord, offer up your blessing to His Holy Name. Here is mine

 

“Blessed is the name of the Most High Living God; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit; Blessed is the kingdom of heaven, now and forever unto the ages of the ages. Amen.


C—CONFESSION: Here take the time to tell God of your sins and ask for mercy and in Jesus name ask for forgiveness.


T—THANKSGIVING: Thank God for all his blessings, thank him for all the things you have. Make a list and read them to God (House, Job, wife & children, car, friends, family, etc.)


S—SUPPLICATION: this is a form of prayer, wherein you humbly yourself earnestly and ask God to provide the things you need like strength to overcome the habit of sin. Spare the life of your loved one; help me find work (Job) etc.

 

God Instructs Us


“And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here,”  Elijah? I Kings 19:11-13 KJV


Note: God comes to us in silence in a gentle small voice that speaks to our hearts. In silence we can come to know the Lord.


Jesus Taught

 

“And then, when you pray, don’t be like the play-actors. They love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at street-corners so that people may see them at it. Believe me, they have had all the reward they are going to get. But when you pray, go into your own room, shut your door and pray to your Father privately. Your Father who sees all private things will reward you. And when you pray don’t rattle off long prayers like the pagans who think they will be heard because they use so many words. Don’t be like them. After all, God, who is your Father, knows your needs before you ask him.” Matthew 6:6-12. (Philips translation)

 

Jesus gave us an Example

 

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed”. Mark 1:35 NIV

 

“Then he went out of the city and up on to the Mount of Olives, as he had often done before, with the disciples following him. And when he reached his usual place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not have to face temptation!” Luke 22:39-40 (Philip translations)

 

 

All good things comes to those who pray repeatedly