- Make a prayer corner or table. It could even be as simple as a chair under a crucifix to go to for quiet contemplation and prayer.
- Just start talking to God.
- The Bible, prayer books, inspirational writings, and the lives of the saints help bring you to God in prayer.
- Ask someone pray for you if you feel stuck.
- Pray for someone else.
- Praise God. This in itself is a prayer.
- Read the Psalms. For instance: “May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice” (Psalm 141:2).
- Sing a hymn.
- Just say the name of Jesus over and over. Scripture refers to the power of the name of Jesus.
- Pray all the ways: praise and worship, intercession, petition, confession, repentance, and thanksgiving.
- End and begin your day with prayer.
- Create the tradition in your family of praying together before meals, at bedtime and in the morning.
- Ask God for help before beginning any task.
- Make time to stop off at Church before the Blessed Sacrament at least once a week.
- Practice lectio divina, the slow, contemplative praying of Scripture. Ask God to let you know what message he wants you to get from it. Savor each portion of the reading, repeating portions that speak to you and meditating on it.
- Whenever there is personal conflict with others, stop and pray.
- Meditate on Christ’s passion and death.
- Keep short prayers ever on your lips such as: "Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me a sinner; " "Jesus, I trust in you;" "Praise you, Jesus;" or "O, Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you."
- Give thanks throughout your day.
- Pray to the saints, asking their intercession. In 1 Timothy 2:1–4, Revelation 5:8, and in James 5: 16-18, we are told that the prayers of the righteous man has great power.
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About the Author
Patti Maguire Armstrong is the mother of 10, and has a B.A. in social work and M.A. in public administration. Her newest book is Holy Hacks: Everyday Ways to Live Your Faith & Get to Heaven. Others include Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families and the Amazing Grace Series. Follow her at @PattiArmstrong and read her blog at PattiMaguireArmstrong.com.