“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. ~ Jesus, Matthew 6:7
Jesus has a way of teaching us about the Holy Trinity and about prayer throughout the Gospels. As the Church goes through such a great time of tribulation, I find the most important thing is keeping focused on Jesus’ walk with us on this earth and His teachings. His words. His instruction to the early Church. From the beginning, He taught the disciples to understand God as our heavenly Father. We find this early in the Gospel of Matthew, the first book of the New Testament! So while you will find there are links and sub-prayer pages listed under this page, I place here the three prayers that start my day. It is my way of honoring the Holy Trinity of God. Over the years, I have found them more valuable than any others. ‘For in Him we live and move and have our being. (Acts17:28)
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
~ Jesus, Matthew 6:9-13
Many years ago, as a truly repentant sinner, I cried out to God. He heard me. Months later, He introduced me to His Son. Jesus says, ‘No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:44) I am grateful every day of my life. A few years back, I was recovering from breast cancer and the side effects of the medications given me following to prevent cancer. Despite my faith, about eighteen months into the battle, I realized the struggle was no longer so much physical as it was spiritual! I thought then that since Jesus, our Saviour, had a soul and lives eternally, I would bind my soul to His. It was within days that I came across the Anima Christi (Soul of Christ) prayer and embraced it with a new and deeper understanding. I can not help but remember the words from Isaiah when I pray this prayer. (Sometimes I pray the Isaiah scripture alone during spiritual warfare, the sword of the spirit when standing for healing.)
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;
the chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
and by His stripes, we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
Soul of Christ, sanctify me;
Body of Christ, save me;
Blood of Christ, inebriate me;
Water from the side of Christ, wash me;
Passion of Christ, strengthen me;
O good Jesus, hear me;
Within your wounds, hide me;
Let me never be separated from you;
From the evil one, protect me;
At the hour of my death, call me;
Bid me to come to you;
That with your saints, I may praise you forever and ever. Amen.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus gives much insight into walking with the Father and with the Holy Spirit. When He takes on the difficult task of explaining the journey they are about to embark on in the final days of His stay to the ones He knows and loves best, Jesus continually returns to the promised of the Holy Spirit. Eighteen months after I encountered Jesus, I was filled with the Holy Spirit. Home alone, praying beside my bed with our five-week-old Easter baby in a cradle beside me. It happened on the day that we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. In retrospect, I realized this was apt because Jesus told us He must die and go to heaven so the Father would send us the Holy Spirit!
‘These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. ~Jesus, John 14:25-26
Holy Spirit, Come
Come, Holy Spirit, fill my heart with Your holy gifts.
Let my weakness be penetrated with Your strength this very day;
that I may fulfill all the duties of my state conscientiously,
that I may do what is right and just.
Let my charity be such as to offend no one, and hurt no one’s feelings;
so generous as to pardon sincerely any wrong done to me.
Assist me, O Holy Spirit, in all my trials of life,
enlighten me in my ignorance,
advise me in my doubts,
strengthen me in my weakness,
help me in all my needs,
protect me in temptations and console me in afflictions.
Graciously hear me, O Holy Spirit,
Pour Your light into my heart, my soul, and my mind.
Assist me to live a holy life and to grow in goodness and grace.
In his Letter to the Ephesians 6:10-20, St. Paul tells us to put on our spiritual armor, beginning with “girding ourselves with the truth.” My prayer is that as you go through this page, and perhaps begin to pray these prayers, that you will find a secret that lies close to God’s heart. He desires to sanctify you through His Son so that He might enjoy fellowship with you. Jesus prayed in this way for us. He gave His life for us. This is the truth with which we can “gird” ourselves every day.
” I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes, I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.”
~ Jesus, from His prayer during the agony of Gethsemane – John 16:15-19
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