Personal Prayer

Posted by David Neff, OblSB on


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

Select a verse or passage from Scripture (a Psalm or reading from the Sunday liturgy or readings for the day.

Read (Lectio)
• Read the passage out loud, slowly. Pause.
• Re-read the passage out loud. “Listen” for the word or phrase that catches your attention.

Reflect (Meditatio)
• Re-read the passage quietly.
• How do the words “connect” with your life today?                       
Pray (Oratio)
• Talk to God about the word or phrase.
• How has God addressed you and invited you to respond?
• Allow the passage you have read to lead you into a prayer response.             
Rest (Contemplation)
• Rest quietly in God’s presence and love.
• Give yourself time to be still before you re-enter your daily life
• Be thankful. God is present.                    


“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.