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Prayer for the Enlightenment of the Holy Spirit

When you need the enlightenment, help and presence of the Holy Spirit, here is a classic prayer composed by St. Augustine Invocation by St. Augustine O Holy Spirit, love of God…descend plentifully into my heart; Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling, And scatter there thy cheerful beams! Dwell in the soul which longs…

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What is Prayer? Prayer is the Soul’s Sincere Desire

What is prayer?  This question has been poetically answered by James Montgomery covering many of the aspects of prayer as we experience it as a longing for God, a soul that needs unburdening, the need for forgiveness and a means of living well for God.  Use this poem which was adapted into a hymn to…

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How to Get Up Early to Pray

Getting up early to pray is one of the most dependable ways to have a consistent prayer life, but getting up early can be a challenge.  Here are some strategies and ideas on how to make getting up early to pray a habit that becomes the highlight of your day. How to do this prayer…

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Quotes on Prayer from St. Teresa of Avila

Here are some selected quotes on prayer from St. Teresa of Avila who was a Carmelite nun who lived in the 1500’s in Spain. St. Teresa was a reformer of religious orders and is most remembered as a deeply mystical writer about the contemplative life through interior or mental prayer.  Her book Interior Castles details…

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A Busy Life Prayer

Feeling as if life is so hectic and busy that we have little time to pray has been a problem throughout the ages.  Here is a prayer written by St Teresa of Avila who lived in the Spain in the 1500’s.  We can use this as a practical prayer for all of us today who…

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Praying the Apostles Creed

The Apostle’s Creed contains a summary of the basic beliefs of the Christian church.  It is often repeated in unison by congregations during worship services and is also used in private or group prayer, particularly as part of the traditional rosary prayer format. The Apostles Creed I believe in God, the Father Almighty, 
Creator of…

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Daily Prayers from the Journals of George Washington

The following are prayers taken from a prayer journal attributed to George Washington, the original president of the Unite States.  Their strong theology and their petitions for God’s help and grace can be used today as our own morning or evening prayers. Sunday morning prayer Almighty God, and most merciful father, who didst command the…

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Praying the Names of God in O Come O Come Emmanuel

The hymn O Come O Come Emmanuel has a number of powerful names for God that can be used as short prayers during Christmas so that we might ask for and receive the divine benefits of His character.  These short prayers are part of Church tradition and are assigned to days in December in a…

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Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

When we approach Thanksgiving day having experienced a year of mixed blessings as well as hardship, Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation can help us turn our eyes to God in gratefulness no matter what our circumstances.  It was 1863 and the US was in the midst of a terrible Civil War.  The states, especially those…

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