Day of Prayer- Introduction to PrayerPresentation Transcript
Session 1 Prayer - an Introduction RCIA Day of Prayer & Fellowship Welcome!
Prayer is the Lifeblood of our Relationship with God…
A religious activity - rituals.
To get out of a dangerous, desperate situation.
God What is Prayer? “ Prayer is turning the heart toward God - when a person prays, he enters into a living relationship with God” (CCC 2558-2565)
God “ Prayer is the path to increased awareness of our oneness with God, with one another, and with the world. ” What is Prayer? “ Prayer is turning the heart toward God - when a person prays, he enters into a living relationship with God” (CCC 2558-2565)
God What is Prayer? 2. Relationship with God 1. God is the object 3. Relationship with other people
What Prompts a Person to Pray?
He seeks us; He calls for us;
There is an infinite longing for God
St Augustine: “Our hearts are restless until they rest in God”
We always need help:
Blessed Mother Teresa: “Because I cannot rely on myself, I rely
on Him 24 hours a day.”
Yes, Prayer is a Gift of God. Turn your heart toward God and ask Him to teach you how to pray
The 5 types of Prayer
Prayer of Blessing and Adoration. We recognise God’s greatness, omnipotence, holiness and love.
We kneel, we prostrate ourselves in humble adoration;
Calling down God’s blessings upon us, upon each other, a simple “God bless you!’
Priests bless in the name of Jesus and the church.
2. Prayer of Petition – prayers that cry out, implore,
lament, call upon God for help. Someone who asks:
Opens himself and returns to the Author of all good
Brings him into a right relationship with God.
The 5 types of Prayer…
3. Prayer of Intercession – we pray for other people - just as we ask others to pray for us.
4. Prayer of Thanksgiving – being grateful to God
Eucharist (Mass) – the greatest prayer of thanks.
A simple “Thank God!”
5. Prayer of Praise - joyful wonder at God’s greatness and goodness:
We join the angels and saints in heaven in praising God;
Praise & Worship
A simple “Praise the Lord!”
The Tradition of Prayer
The Holy Spirit teaches the Church how to pray:
We pray to the Father through Jesus – “We make this prayer through Christ our Lord…”
We pray to Jesus – “God saves.”
We pray to the Holy Spirit.
We pray in communion with Mary and the Saints.
We pray with the rest of the Church.
Praying as a Church
We gather as a believing and praying community,
Liturgy of the Hour
Novena’s and popular devotions
In our faith community – BECs, Prayer groups .
How We Pray
Psalms, Prepared Prayers, Rosary
In song and in dances.
2. Silent Meditation
Meditating on the Scripture
Prayer is an Encounter
(not a Performance)
Talk – communicate with God
Listen – surprise discovery
Respond – living it out
RCIA Day of Prayer & Fellowship We now invite you to spend the rest of the day not just to learn more about prayers, but also, to know each other – that’s one way to know God! “ Prayer is the path to increased awareness of our oneness with God, with one another, and with the world. ”