Prayer to God “The Father Almighty”
“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
- 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!
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.
The Lord’s Prayer Video
Christ Himself Always Prayed!
In his human heart Jesus learned to pray from his mother, from the synagogue, and the Jerusalem temple. At 12, Jesus said “I must be in my Father’s house” (Lk 2:49). This reveals a filial prayer which the Father wants from his children.
Prayer At Three Decisive Moments
Before his three decisive moments (Baptism, Transfiguration, and Passion) Jesus prayed. He also prayed before three other decisive moments involving the apostles (his choosing them, his commissioning Peter, and his prayer that Peter’s faith would not fail).
Jesus At Prayer
Jesus prayed in solitude, preferably at night. He prayed for all men, and by his prayer shared in all their human experiences. His words and work manifest the prayers which he said in secret.
Two Special Moments
Two other Gospel texts preserve explicit prayers of Jesus. In the first prayer Jesus blesses the Father and thanks him for revealing “to the childlike.” Jesus exclaimed, “Yes, Father!” which prefigured his prayer in the garden, (“Thy will be done”).
In his second prayer Jesus prayed, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. I know that you always hear me.” This implies that the Father answers Jesus’ petitions and that Jesus is always asking. Another prayer of Jesus’ (his priestly prayer in John 17) is closely linked with the Our Father.
Jesus’ total selflessness is shown by his prayer in the Garden (“Not my will be done, but yours” (Lk 22:42) and by his final seven words on the cross:
1. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Lk 23:34).
2. “Today, you will be with me in paradise” (Lk 23:43).
3. “Woman, behold your son.” “Behold your mother” (Jn 19:26-27).
4. “I thirst” (Jn 19:28).
5. “My God, my God, why have your forsaken me?” (Mk 15:34).
6. “It is finished” (Jn 19:30).
7. “Father, into your hands, I commit my spirit” (Lk 23:46).
Jesus sums up all the troubles of enslaved humanity. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mk 15:37). When the Father accepted these prayers and raised Jesus, the drama of prayer was brought to completion. Psalm 2 gives the key to Christ’s prayer. “You are my Son, today (the Resurrection day) I have begotten you. Ask of me and I will make the nations your heritage” (Ps 2:7-8).
While Jesus was “in the flesh” he offered prayers which were heard by the Father. By obedience, he was made perfect and “became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him” (Heb 5:7-9).