“There is nothing more worthwhile than to pray to God and to converse with him, for prayer unites us with God as his companions. As our bodily eyes are illuminated by seeing the light, so in contemplating God our soul is illuminated by him.” St John Chrysostom
In order to pray to the Father, You must first understand what he commands of us in each of our personal lives.
The 10 Commandments
- I am the Lord, your God. You shall not have other gods beside me
- You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain
- Remember to keep holy the Sabbath Day
- Honor your father and your mother
- You shall not kill
- You shall not commit adultery
- You shall not steal
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
- You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife
- You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.
After reading the 10 Commandments, reflect upon your life and then seek his forgiveness first for any short comings…
Act of Contrition
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven, and the pains of hell; but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life.
Then, recite the most powerful prayer ever given mankind… given to us by the Son of God himself… on how we are to pray to the Great God Almighty.. Our Father!
Jesus teaches us How to Pray to the Father
The Lord’s Prayer ( Our Father )
Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Glory be to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,
and ever shall be,
world without end.
Additional Prayers to God the Father :
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit finds joy in God my savior.
For he has looked upon his servant in her lowliness, all ages to come shall call me blessed.
God who is mighty has done great things for me, holy is his name.
His mercy is from age to age
on those who fear him.
He has shown might with his arm;
he has confused the proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has deposed the mighty from their thrones
and raised the lowly to high places.
The hungry he has given every good thing
while the rich he has sent away empty.
He has upheld Israel his servant,
ever mindful of his mercy.
Even as he promised our ancesters,
promised Abraham and his descendants forever.
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light
where there is sadness, joy.
0h, Divine Master, grant that I may not seek so much
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
Prayer to God the Father for Employment
God, our Father, I turn to you seeking your divine help and guidance as I look for suitable employment.
I need your wisdom to guide my footsteps along the right path, and to lead me to find the proper things to say and do in this quest. I wish to use the gifts and talents you have given me, but I need the opportunity to do so with gainful employment.
Do not abandon me, dear Father, in this search, but rather grant me this favor I seek so that I may return to you with praise and thanksgiving for your gracious assistance.
Grant this through Christ, our Lord.