confirmation preparation - lesson 18
"Are you talking to me?" Getting to Know God Through Prayer
Let's begin + in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit...
Our Father, Who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
In the last lesson, we learned about the Sacrament of Holy Orders, the sacrament by which a man becomes a priest. As we saw, discerning a call to the priesthood requires prayer to listen to God and know His desire for us. This is true of all the decisions we make in life. To know God's will for us, requires time spent with God, getting to know Him better, listening to Him, receiving His love.
Prayer is simply conversation with God, so it is important that we are able to pray informally and speak to Him from the heart. So take a moment right now to open up conversation with God. Sign yourself in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and invite God into your thoughts of things you are grateful for and things you need. Then tell Him about those things. Address the concerns on your heart directly to the Lord.
Dive in! Read the story of Blessed Chiara "Luce" Badano on page 166! Her story reflects the power of prayer.
Log onto your Chosen study at ascensionpress.com and Watch it!
When and where do you like to pray?
What is a time when you experienced God while praying?
If a friend asked you how to pray, what would you say?
What are some different kinds of prayer?
Fr. Toups says, "prayer is responding to and relating to God." What does this mean to you?
We often forget to listen to God when we pray. One way to listen is to read and reflect on Scripture (verses of the Bible). How is praying with Scripture different from studying it as we would do in a theology class?
Was there ever a time when you found it difficult to pray? What, if anything, did you do about it?
Are you willing to make a commitment to deepening your prayer life? If so, be specific. When will you pray? What will you pray? For how long? Challenge yourself, but be realistic with your goal.
Go ahead and read:
To the Heart with Fr. Mark Toups
on pages 168-169
Finally, read the story of our
Hero of the Week: St. Catherine of Siena
on page 170
Do you have prayer questions? Turn to page 174! Discover a few different types of prayer on page 173.
Keep it up, and know of God's love for you!