Prayer For Direction In Life
Ten Ways to Improve Your Prayer Life | Fr. Ed Broom, OMV
June 19, 2018
Prayer is the key to salvation. St. Augustine says that he who prays well lives well; he who lives well dies well; and to he who dies well then all is well. St.
Alphonsus reiterates the same principle: “He who prays much will be saved; he who does not pray will be damned; he who prays little places in jeopardy his eternal salvation.
” The same saint asserted that there are neither strong people nor weak people in the world, but those who know how to pray and those who do not. In other words, prayer is our strength in all times and places.
We would to offer ten words of encouragement to help us on the highway towards heaven through the effort to grow in our prayer life!
1. Conviction or Determination.
There is no successful person in this world in any enterprise who was not animated by a firm determination to achieve his goal. Super athletes, accomplished musicians, expert teachers, and writers never arrived at perfection by mere wishful thinking but by a firm, tenacious determination to arrive at their goal — come hell or high water.
For this reason, Saint Teresa of Avila, the Doctor of prayer, stated: “We must have a determined determination to never give up prayer.” If we really believed in the depths of our hearts the priceless treasures that flow from prayer, we would make it our aim in life to grow constantly in prayer.
2. Holy Spirit As Teacher
St. Paul says that we do not really know how to pray as we ought but that it is the Holy Spirit who intercedes for us teaching us to say “Abba” Father. The Holy Spirit is the Interior Master or Teacher. With Mary, the Apostles spent nine days and nights praying and fasting and they were imbued with the power from on high — the Holy Spirit.
Before starting any formal prayer period why not invoke the Person of the Holy Spirit to help you in your weakness. During the course of your prayer beg the presence of the Holy Spirit to enlighten your mind and ignite your heart. He is closer to you than you are aware. If your are in the state of grace, He resides in your heart.
3. Time, Place, Good Will, and Silence.
As with every art, we learn by practicing. This applies to prayer. To learn how to pray we must have a set time, a good place, good will on our part and silence.
The saying rings true in sports as well as in prayer: “Practice makes perfect.”
It might be that our prayer has become insipid, boring, lifeless, anemic and stagnant for many reasons. One possible reason might be a life of sensuality, indulgence, gluttony, or simply living more according to the flesh then to the spirit.
As St. Paul reminds us, the flesh and the spirit are in mutual opposition. Jesus spent forty days and nights praying and fasting. The Apostles spent nine days and nights praying and fasting. One cannot arrive at any serious mystical life led by the spirit if he has not passed through the ascetical life of self-denial, mortification and penance.A bird needs two wings to fly; so does the follower of Christ. To soar high in the mystical life the two wings are prayer and penance.
If you have no training in the penitential life, consult a good spiritual director and start with small acts of penance to build up will-power so as to do the more heroic acts of penance! If you have never run before, start with a block and build up to the mile.
5. Spiritual Direction.
Athletes need coaches; students need teachers; teachers need mentors to learn the art. Equally important, prayer-warriors must have some form of guidance and this is called spiritual direction.
St. Ignatius of Loyola insisted on the spiritual life as being a journey of accompaniment. St. Teresa of Avila had several saints directing her on her long and painful journey leading to perfection—St. John of the Cross, St Peter of Alcantara, and St. Francis Borgia.
There are many obstacles in the spiritual journey, especially when one pursues a deeper life of prayer; for that reason having a trained spiritual director who knows the traps of the devil, the pitfalls always present, and the dangers that are always present can help us to grow steadily in holiness through a deeper and more authentic prayer life.
6. Prayer and Action
St. Teresa of Avila points out that authentic growth in prayer is proven by growth in holiness and that means by the practice of virtue. Jesus said that we know the tree by the fruits.
wise an authentic life of prayer blossoms forth in the practice of virtues: faith, hope, charity, purity, kindness, service, humility and a constant love for neighbor and the salvation of his immortal soul.
Our Lady is model at all times but especially in the intimate connection between contemplation and action.
In the Annunciation we admire Mary absorbed in prayer; then in the following mystery (in the Visitation) she follows the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to serve her cousin in a mission of love.
In truth we can call Mary a true “Contemplative in action”. Mary we are called to be contemplatives in action.
7. Study & Read About Prayer.
St. Teresa of Avila would not permit women who could not read to enter into her order. Why? The simple reason was that she knew how much one could learn on many topics, especially on prayer, through solid spiritual reading.
Find good literature on prayer and read! Many helpful ideas come through good spiritual reading. One suggestion: read Part Four of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This is a spiritual masterpiece on prayer.
To go deeper in prayer it’s a good idea to set aside some time for a prolonged period of prayer; this we call a spiritual retreat. One of the most efficacious styles of retreats are Ignatian retreats. It might last a whole month, or eight days, and even a weekend retreat can prove extremely valuable.
Seeing the Apostles overwhelmed with work Jesus exhorted them: “Come apart for a while and rest…” This rest that Jesus mentioned has classically been interpreted as a call to the spiritual retreat! Look at your calendar for the year and set aside some time. More extended periods of time for prayer allow for greater depth in prayer!
9. Confession and Prayer.
Sometimes prayer proves exceedingly difficult due to a dirty conscience. Jesus said: “Blessed are the pure of heart, they will see God.”(Mt. 5:8) After a good confession the Precious Blood of Jesus washes our souls and consciences clean. Then the interior eye of the soul can see and contemplate the face of God with greater clarity.
10. Our Lady and Prayer.
We have mentioned the importance of the Holy Spirit to us as our Interior Master. We should also constantly beg Mary to pray for us and to pray with us every time we dedicate time and effort to prayer.
She will never fail us. As Jesus turned water into wine at Cana through Mary’s intercession, so she can help to turn our insipid and flavorless prayer into the sweet wine of devotion.
Mary will never fail you! Call upon her.
Powerful Prayers for Guidance and Protection [Quotes & Verses]
God is always there for us, even when we doubt and falter. Praying for guidance can help you find your path again and we can help you deliver your prayers to one of the holiest places in the world, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Experience the change that truly powerful prayers can make in your life and allow the Church’s religious order to pray for you, using your chosen prayer. On this page, you’ll find prayers for guidance, which we will personally deliver to the church.
You will receive photos of your prayer request and candle as proof that your prayer was taken to the Church and prayed on your behalf.
We can all use a little extra guidance and those who follow the Lord know that it is best to put your faith in him. Allowing God to guide every step in your life will only result in a better life and one that serves Him. Take the time to go over these prayers and to pray them with all your heart.
God is more than willing to give us a helping hand whenever we need it. All we have to do is ask. It’s the asking that often dissuades people, as they’re not sure if He will hear them or if they should really ask.
Remember that God is immortal and all powerful and He wants you to follow His path, which means he will happily give you some directions and guidance. All you have to do is remain open to the guidance He provides. In some cases, it’s not what you expect or even want, but it is different from anything you anticipated.In these cases, it’s important to realize that it is God’s will and His plan for you is going forward.
Use these prayers when you really need help and guidance. When you find yourself struggling to make sense of things or if you are in need of a light to show you which way to go. He will always respond.
Lead me in the right path, O Lord, or my enemies will conquer me. Make your way plain for me to follow.
PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE AND WISDOM
Lord God, in this moment of distress and uncertainty, I ask for Your wisdom and guidance to shine down on me. Help me to understand what Your plan is for my life and how to make it happen. God, I ask You to give me peace as I move forward in this world. Amen.
PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE AND STRENGTH
In the Lord’s Name, I pray for this brother/sister and ask that You, God, guide them in the way they should go.
Do not abandon them in their time of need and aid them as they struggle to do Your will and to follow Your directions. Give him/her a direction to go in and strengthen their resolve in You.
Lord, fill his/her heart with peace and joy and give him/her strength and courage to do Your will. In Your Name we trust, Amen.
PRAYERS FOR GUIDANCE IN DECISION MAKING
Dear God, we come before you today to give thanks for Your everlasting love and to ask for your guidance in this great decision that must be made. Lord, help us to understand what You want in this situation and aid us in executing Your will. Help us realize that this decision is in Your hands, even if we are uncertain. In Your name we trust, Amen.
PRAYER FOR DIRECTION AND CLARITY
O Lord, in this difficult time, I am on my knees before You, asking for your guidance. Wash away the world from my eyes, Lord, and make me Your vessel. Give me a sign that I may know where to go and what to do to fully honor You, God. I ask this of You, as Your humble servant. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE AND PROTECTION
Dear Father in Heaven, I come to You in my time of need, to beg for Your protection and Your guidance in my life. Please help me see Your hand in this situation and give me peace, even when I am unworthy. O Lord, I need Your protective shield over me and my family and I ask that you give me the sense of calmness as I follow Your path. Amen.
PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE AT WORK
Lord Jesus, today we ask that you give our brother/sister the wisdom to know what to do in this difficult work situation.
As he/she continues to follow You, Lord, please give her/him the guidance necessary to make the right decisions that will honor You. As a light in this dark world, he/she is in great need of Your heavenly touch right now.
Thank You for all that You have done for us and given us and we pray that we may pass the light to the next generation. In You we trust, Amen.
PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE IN A RELATIONSHIP
Dear God, we come to you with humble and broken hearts, asking for forgiveness and begging for your guidance in our relationship. We wish to serve You, Lord, both in our relationship and outside it.
Please give us the guidance to deal kindly with one another, to always treat each other with love and respect, even as You have treated us with love and respect.
We ask that You give us the patience to put up with each other and the wisdom to guide one another in Your ways. Amen.
PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE IN THE CHURCH
Our Father in Heaven, we ask that you protect this church and every member within it. Whether we are together or far apart, Lord, keep Your healing hand upon us and guide us in Your ways.
As we gather together each week, bless our services and lay Your mighty hands on our pastor, that he might bring Your words to our ears. Thank you, Lord, for all You have done for us.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
I will lead blind Israel down a new path, guiding them along an unfamiliar way. I will brighten the darkness before them and smooth out the road ahead of them. Yes, I will indeed do these things; I will not forsake them.
For that is what God is . He is our God forever and ever, and he will guide us until we die.
Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.
8 Prayers for Strength and Power in Prayer
Prayer is a powerful tool for communicating with our Heavenly Father. It is an opportunity to become one with the Creator and Giver of all things. Prayer helps us to find strength for today and hope for our future.
We should actively pray and trust in its power to change our circumstances for good. Your faith life directly correlates to the quality of your prayer life. Prayer has the power to change not only the people and things around you.
Prayer also has the power to change you from the inside out. Here are eight prayers for strength and power in prayer:
When you’re in need of strength, remember that God is the number one healer and can guide you in endless ways. If your heart and life are centered on God, His Word and His Holy Spirit, you can rest assured that He will direct your path. God’s primary means for giving us guidance is in the Bible.
“Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and spirit.’” (John 3:5). If you’re ready to trust in God’s ability to direct your life, pray this prayer silently or out loud: Heavenly Father, as I arise today, I pray that Your strength pilot me, Your power uphold me, and Your wisdom guide me.
May Your eye look before me, Your hand protect me and Your shield defend me. Amen.
Strengthen My Mind, Body and Spirit
Our God has worked in history to defeat sin and Satan and hell and death. He did this through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God has the power to strength your mind, body and spirit if you allow Him to be at work in your life.
If you’re ready for God to step in and transform you from the inside out, pray this prayer silently or out loud: Heavenly Father, I ask you to strengthen my mind, body and spirit today. When I’m weary, may I be refreshed. When I’m worn, may I be renewed. When I’m broken, may I be restored. When I’m fearful, may I become faithful.
I pray that I walk in complete confidence today knowing that the Lord Almighty is with me. Amen.
I Surrender All
God calls on all of us to make total surrender to God. If you’re in need of strength and are ready for a change in your life in a way that you’ve never known before, God demands that you allow the Lord to become the ruler of your life. We can only do this when we surrender to Him.
If you’re ready to fully let go and let God, pray this prayer silently or out loud: Heavenly Father, I surrender every area of my mind, will and emotions to You. I choose to dwell in Your goodness and faithfulness so that the good seeds You’ve planted in my life will take root.
Keep me close to You and direct my steps down the good path You have prepared for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Thank You for Your Protection and Direction
When you’re in need of strength, one of the best things you can do is call on God for protection and direction. He will direct Your paths for good.
If you’re ready for His guidance and protection, pray this prayer silently or out loud: Heavenly Father, I come to You today giving thanks. Thank you for keeping and protecting me. Thank you for Your guidance and direction.
Thank you for picking me up when I was at my lowest. You are an awesome God and it is because of You I choose to live and walk in Your favor. In Your name I pray. Amen.
Help Me to Know the Power of My Words
We know from Scripture that our words have real power. God spoke the world into being by the power of His words (Hebrews 11:3) and we are in His image in part because of the power we have with words. Words do more than convey information or deliver a message.
The power of our words can actually destroy one’s spirit, even stir up hatred and violence if we’re not careful.
If you’re ready for your words to bring positivity in your life and the life of others, pray this prayer silently or out loud: Heavenly Father, help me to change my negative words and intentionally transform them into ones that bring life no matter what challenges are placed before me.
Words of faith, strength, courage, success confidence, trust, peace, happiness and joy are just some of the positive attributes I want to reign in on my life. Guide me to recognize the power of my words, that they might give glory to You, and also give me strength. In Your name, I pray. Amen.
Strengthen My Family
It’s important that we ask God to bless our families and protect them from harm. God has the power to give them grace, forgiveness and strength to overcome all the difficulties they face.
He also has the power to keep your family together when the world tries to pull them apart.
If you want to lift up prayers to strengthen your family, pray this pray silently or out loud: Heavenly Father, thank you for today, Thank you for my dear family and all that You have blessed me with. I pray that you fill My family with peace and strength.I pray that their days go smoothly and that their lives are touched in a special way. Reveal Yourself to them in marvelous ways. I pray that any barriers that separate us be let down, and that we would live as a team for You. I pray that Your will be done today and always. Amen.