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A few suggestions on Prayer

Most of the Pope’s prayer intentions for 2018 are orientated to justice and peace issues. In February Pope Francis asks us to say “No” to corruption. In April we are concerned about Econo-mists and in September we pray that “Young People here in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries.”

I thought I would share with you about prayer itself. I find in my own prayer and when inviting others to pray there are a few principles to keep in mind:

1. Spend 60 seconds at the beginning reminding yourself that you are in God’s presence.

2. Pray with God’s Word: “God is love. Anyone who lives in love lives in God.” (1 John 4:16).

3. Be aware of what you desire of God when you pray: is it Faith? Love? Hope? or…..?

4. “Come as you are.” No need to pretend: if you are happy or in distress that’s your way for today.

5. Before you end your prayer it is time to listen: What do you imagine Jesus wants to say to you?

The Liturgy of Lent starts early this year on 14th February. Each day during Lent there is an excellent selection from God’s Word very suitable for your prayer.

As you travel by bus or by car why not pray the Prayer of the Church using a CD or bluetooth headphones?

Father Charles Searson SJ National Director
Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) Lusaka, Zambia

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