How to Pray: With Saints
We can pray with the Saints, too, just as we can pray with friends. When we ask Mary, Queen of All Saints, and St. Faustina to assist us in our prayers, we join the communion of the faithful in Heaven.
What makes someone a saint?
Saints are people in heaven who lived virtuous, heroic, selfless lives or suffered martyrdom, and the Church has deemed them worthy of imitation and honor for their virtuous life. It takes years and the testimony of many people to declare someone a saint.
Why should we pray with the Saints?
In the most difficult times in the Church’s history, the saints have always been the source and origin of renewal; just as we wouldn’t take on a big job without training or begin a game without reading the instructions, the saints serve as our guides in praising God.
Which Saints should I get to know?
Saints of the Catholic Church have been teaching us how to pray through events in the past, present, and future, and you can find prayers from each of them in Hallow in Minutes (“Minute Saints”) and Challenges (“Saints”), our weekly look back at the week’s religious happenings.
St. Teresa of Avila
St. Teresa of Avila, one of the four female Doctors of the Church, is Hallow’s patron saint. We admire her courage in allowing her spiritual contemplation to drive her sense of being in the world, and she’s a great Saint to lean on if you’re looking to grow closer to God through Christian meditation.
St. Ignatius of Loyola
Hallow honors St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuit Order, also known as the Society of Jesus, who is credited with the invention of the Daily Examen. He was a deeply contemplative person who founded the Jesuit Order, also known as the Society of Jesus, and we strive for this daily practice of discernment at Hallow.
St. Catherine of Siena
St. Catherine of Siena defended her faith from an early age, dedicating her life to Christ and seeking peace through her writing and participation in public affairs. She is one of Italy’s patron saints and lived a life that was both contemplative and active.
St. Francis of Assisi
We love St. Francis of Assisi’s prayer to God for our vocation to sow peace and love in this life: “Make me an Instrument.” He founded the Franciscan Order, which values simplicity in prayer and poverty.
When can I pray with the saints?
The Saints can be contacted whenever you need help or a prayer partner; they didn’t live perfect lives, but they did learn to rely on God, sow peace, and love others during their time on earth.
1. Identify a Saint that inspires you.
When we need protection, we ask the Holy Mother, Mary, to wrap us in the peace of God’s love; when we misplace something, we ask St. Anthony (the patron saint of misplaced things) to locate it. Saints are patrons of places, events, occupations, and miracles.
2. Draw meaning from their life or words.
Once you’ve chosen a Saint with whom you identify, look for a prayer written during their lifetimes and meditate on the words or image of the event, similar to Lectio Divina. See what stands out to you at this time or season in your life.
3. Speak and pray openly with them.
Finally, talk to the Saint as if he or she were a friend; they understand what it’s like to be human: to struggle, to laugh, to love, to sin, and to seek forgiveness, and we can turn to them as our companions on the path of faith.
4. Let them lead you to holiness.
Every day, we include background on a Saint and then pray with a prayer, quotation, poem, or hymn. It’s a great way for you to learn about the Saints and get to know some of the “great cloud of witnesses.”
Can you pray directly to God?
Praying to God the Father The Bible contains many examples of prayers addressed directly to God. We can’t go wrong when we pray to God the Father, because he is our Creator and the one we should worship. We have direct access to God through Jesus.
What is the right way to pray to God?
Humble yourself before God by dressing simply (if possible), not flaunting your prayer to those nearby, and praying on your knees with your head bowed (if possible). Read from the Bible. You might want to start by reading a passage from the Bible that has special meaning for you.
Where does Jesus say to pray to him?
Jesus prays frequently, as evidenced by Luke’s Gospel ( Luke 3:21; 5:16; 6:12; 9:18, 28 ). Jesus’ disciples must have noticed His prayerfulness, as they ask Him to teach them how to pray ( Luke 11:1).
Do you have to pray to talk to God?
Because prayer is primarily rooted in religion, it can be thought of as a more formal way to communicate with God; however, you can pray in any way that feels comfortable to you.
What are the 4 types of prayer?
u201cPrayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God,u201d writes John Damascene. This definition encompasses the four main types of prayer: adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication.
What are the 5 basic prayer?
Adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication, abbreviated as A.C.T.S., are the four basic forms of prayer. The Liturgy of the Hours, the seven canonical hours of the Catholic Church prayed at set prayer times, is recited daily by clergy, religious, and devout believers.
How do I pray to God for a miracle?
Repeat the Catholic “Miracle Prayer” to help you focus: “Lord Jesus, I come before Thee, just as I am, I am sorry for my sins, I repent of my sins, please forgive me, and I forgive all others for what they have done against me in Thy Name.”
Why does God want us to pray?
God’s desire, according to the book of Ephesians, is for us to pray “on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18). We turn to prayer because it is the most personal way to experience God, encounter Him, and grow in knowledge of Him.
How should a beginner pray?
What is the procedure for praying?
- Recognize God’s will and sovereignty.
- Express your needs and remember to pray for others.
- Repent and ask for forgiveness.
- Ask God to keep you from temptation.
- Close with praise and adoration.
Is there a difference between praying to God and talking to God?
Praying and talking are the same thing; you simply speak to God and express your feelings to Him.
How can I hear God’s voice?
How do you go about practicing listening prayer?
- Bring your request for guidance to God.
- Wait in silence for 10-12 minutes for God to speak to you.
- Write down any Scripture, songs, impressions, or pictures God gives you.
- Share how God spoke to you with your prayer partners and follow God’s will.
Is there a wrong way to pray?
There is no wrong way to pray; people need assurance that what they are doing is correct. Just as children each have their own way of communicating with their parents, we have our own way of communicating with God.