Psalm 31: In you, Lord, I take refuge, let me never be put to shame. In your justice deliver me; incline your ear to me, make haste to rescue me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to save me. You are my rock and my fortress, guide me.
There are times in our lives when we are faced with a problem, or a family member is going through a crisis and we want to help or do something. Yet we may not be able to physically do something in that situation. It is at those times when we need to remember that Praying Matters. Prayer is not a static, inactive type of activitiy. It IS an activity if we are mindful about it.
Several times a day you may tell someone you're praying for them, and that is okay. But mindful prayer means we stop what we are doing and truly say a prayer, whether it is a Hail Mary, Our Father or any other prayer, the important aspect of Praying Matters is taking a moment and really thinking about the person or situation or ourselves and actively ask God for help.
As with any other type of praying, we should always start out with a prayer of thanks to God, for being alive, for giving us another day, for the people we love, then proceed into our petition and wind up with a thank you again and acknowledging that we have put this problem or crisis in God's hands and we trust in Him to help us or our loved ones to get through it.
Below are some videos with the Hail Mary prayed during it, because sometimes we just need something to help us concentrate on the prayer. Watching a waterfall or seeing the Blessed Mother grotto may help us concentrate on praying the Hail Mary. It doesn't have to be long, just heartfelt.
Also here you can read what the Catholic Catechism says about prayer.
Our Lord told us to always ask Our Father in Heaven for whatever we need. Each and every day we need to thank, ask and trust God to help us and our loved ones.
God bless you! Lisa Simmons Family Life Ministry
Mary Undoer of Knots
Moon Rise on River
Psalm 33:5: I sought the Lord who answered me, deliver me from all my fears.
Psalm 33:7: In my misforture I called, the Lord heard and saved me from all distress.
Psalm 54: 3-4 O God, by your name save me. By your strength defend my cause. O God hear myprayer. Listen to the words of my mouth.
Matthew 7:7-8 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives and the one who seeks finds and the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Matthew 10: 26 Therefore do not be afraid of them. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be knows. 28: Do not be afraid of those who can kill the body but cannot kill the sould.
Matthew 10: 31: So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.