Prayer Life of our Members
It takes me anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes to get my son to school, depending on traffic. The morning drive can be particularly harry – especially when we’re running late, which is frequent.
And although some of our drive does consist of me saying “Dude, turning signals aren’t optional,” most of it is our prayer time.
Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, I am there, says the Lord. And what could be completely hectic, totally unnerving and definitely fun, has become something precious to me – and I think, to my son.
As soon as we get in the car and start backing out of our garage, I ask my son if he’s put on his armor – and he always responds “Truth. Integrity. Salvation. Faith. Word of God. Peace of Jesus.” From Ephesians 6:10-18, he knows that truth goes around his waist. Integrity goes on his breast plate. Salvation covers his head as a helmet. Faith is his shield. The Word of God is a sword, and my son knows to stand on the peace of Jesus.
Then, we go through our praises. Since I’m driving, I can’t read the first section of The Miracle Hour by Linda Schubert, but I have most of it memorized. I urge anyone who is interested in prayer to read this short booklet – it is filled with short, actionable prayers. And her first section on praise, is so powerful.
Praise you, Jesus, you are…the Bread of Life, the Font of Living Water, the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings, my Salvation, my Victory…and, especially when someone cuts me off, Praise You, Jesus, you are my Patience.
My son and I take turns saying, “Praise you, Jesus,” and then filling in the blanks. Praise is our most powerful weapon, and it helps us know who we are, and it helps us know who God is. When we praise Him, we are reminded of his power, of his love, of his faithfulness…and it’s the best way to start out your day.
After we do anywhere from 20 to 50 praises, then I say a binding prayer of protection, and my son finishes off with a Glory Be and a Hail Mary.
There’s a great binding prayer in The Miracle Hour, but I don’t have it memorized. Instead, I memorized one from a prayer group I used to attend, but prayers for protection, I believe, are important. As a mom, I could choose to worry about my son and whatever could happen to him, but instead, I pray for his – and my husband’s and my own – protection. Instead of worrying, I trust.
And, in this crazy, often violent world, it can be pretty scary. But instead of being scared, we put on the armor of God, and we trust in Him. He is our Provider, after all. And our Healing and Wholeness. And our Champion and Shield. And all of the other things we just praised Him for being.
Then, we pray for his school and his dad’s work (and my work) and for anyone else on our prayer list. If my son is especially concerned about a classmate who’s been unkind, we pray for him or her.
If we have time, we might listen to KLOVE or Relevant Radio (or Suzuki violin)…and sometimes either station is in the background while we are praying, but mostly, we just listen to each other, present our day to God, and then, pretty soon, we’re pulling up in front of the school. Not a bad way to start the day – in 20 minutes of prayer.
I have my parents to thank for my faith. They were good, simple farm folk of French descent who never spoke English. In those days the priests who served our parish (St. John Francis Regis, Arnaudville, LA) came from France. I heard my first word of English when I started first grade. The mass was in Latin and all homilies were in French. My parents gave their 13 children a perfect example of what a good Catholic should be.
They belonged to the Apostolate of the Sacred Heart and each day began with recitation of the Morning Offering. I still start each day with this prayer and it is my favorite:
"O Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer Thee all my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, for all the intentions of Thy Sacred Heart, for the intentions of Thy Blessed Mother, for all the intentions of Our Holy Father the Pope this month, for all of our children, grandchildren and all spouses (and other personal intentions)...
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