It is good to learn a new prayer from time to time. While you like just sitting and listening or doing something a little less structured like Lectio Divina, sometimes there are times when a traditional prayer brings comfort and inspiration.
But don’t limit yourself to the “traditional three” – the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be. Our Catholic tradition is rich with a number of beautiful prayers.
Some Suggestions to Learn a New Prayer
This prayer about service widely attributed St. Ignatius of Loyola really speaks to many people. “Lord, teach me to be generous; teach me to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to seek reward, except that of knowing that I do your will. Amen.”
Are you looking for a good bedtime prayer. Try this: ” Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep, that awake, we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in his peace.” This is so comforting to me. What a beautiful way to end my day!
This prayer, attributed to St. Francis of Assisi , is a beautiful expression of allowing myself to be God’s instrument. We have been given gifts to be used in the service of the Kingdom of God.
This is a wonderful prayer for when we feel “under siege” by the world, because it reminds us that God is always with us, always protecting us, always keeping us safe.
If you want to really explore options to learn a new prayer, check out this extensive list of Catholic prayers.
If you are not sure where to start when you learn a new prayer, watch this. Fr. Mike Schmitz suggests being a bit more intentional in our prayer lives, asking these four simple questions: When should I pray, where should I pray, what should I pray, and why should I pray?
Did you know that the psalms are prayers. Check out these prayers which or based on the psalms, or open up the Bible and use this book as an inspiration for your own prayers.