Building a Prayer Life

Tips

1. Find a place with silence.
2. It’s good to be in nature.
3. Ask God to teach you how to pray (Luke 11:1).
4. Be persistent, every day (Luke 18:1-8).
5. Don’t just talk; listen.
6. Try to pray like the Book of Psalms.

Prayers to Memorize

Sign of the Cross
Our Father
Hail Mary
Act of Contrition
Morning Offering
Hail Holy Queen
Memorare
Anima Christi
Divine Praises
Fatima Prayer
Rosary Prayer
Prayer of St. Augustine
The Apostles’ Creed
The Angelus
St. Michael Prayer
Guardian Angel Prayer
Miraculous Medal Prayer
Grace Before Meals
Jesus Prayer
Divine Mercy Prayer
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Glory Be

Bible Reading Plans

Four Senses of Scripture

Literal/Historical – The telling of deeds. This sense expresses what actually happened historically.

Allegorical – Persons, places, events, and things signifying aspects of Christ’s redemption. This sense reveals mysteries of the New Covenant through symbols.

Moral – The message of what we ought to do. This sense applies the meaning in scripture to our own personal lives by giving us moral commands.

Anagogical – The telling of God’s Kingdom. This sense speaks of the glory of heaven and communion with God on earth.

Sample Prayer Schedules

Four Types of Prayer

Petition – You ask God for things (especially his grace), for yourself and for others.

Thanksgiving – You express gratitude for the numerous gifts God has already given you.

Praise – You speak to God about his glory and proclaim the great things he has done.

Contemplation – Listen to God. Dwell on his Word. Think about him. Speak to him from your heart.