Personal Prayer

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“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” (Rom 8: 26-27).

“ Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”  Luke 21:36

“Diligently practice prayer and lectio divina. When you pray, you speak with God; when you read, God speaks to you.” - St. Cyprian


Personal prayer is the private conversation you have with God when you are able to find a peaceful place to quiet your mind and offer yourself to God.         
In the Gospel it is written: “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:6

“Hear my prayer, Lord. Let my cry for help come to you”    Psalm 102:1

“You carry the Word within you as you seek to live your life with integrity in your work, leisure, in relationships. You live the Word and you direct your heart towards God. Sustained Lectio is about transformation of your heart.”                          
              - S. Jacqueline Leiter OSB   


“O my God, teach my heart where and how to seek You, where and how to find You. You are my God and You are my all and I have never seen You.
You have made me and remade me,You have bestowed on me all the good things I possess, Still I do not know You.
I have not yet done that for which I was made.
Teach me to seek You. I cannot seek You unless You teach me or find You unless You show Yourself to me.
Let me seek You in my desire, let me desire You in my seeking.
Let me find You by loving You, let me love You when I find You. 

     St Anselm of Canterbury 


                             Paul's Prayer      Ephesians 3:13-21

"For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.