- Religion and Philosophy»
- Exploring Religious Options
How to feel close to God again~Essential prayers for Christians: Feel closer to God
I've been wondering this myself lately. Many will say it's lack of going to church which is part of it, but it's not just church. Church is a place to go, but it has to start from inside before you can enjoy church or prayer. What is it? What is it that makes us Christians feel close to Jesus?
The main thing you have to do is to tell God you are sorry for sinning, and you love him and make up your mind to try and sin no more. Trust in His mercy, forgive yourself as well, and know that we are all weak humans who need forgiveness and graces from God.
Elvis sings about the rosary: moving
A nice Sara Brightman Song
Pray in your own words
Many times having someone pray for me and with me in their own words really helps. Other times I will pray a pray already made like the one below:
Prayer for an increase in love
My sovereign Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and King of my heart, I prostrate myself before Your divine Majesty in adoration of Your divine Kingship.
O Jesus, may You be ever praised, blessed, glorified, and loved as supreme Lord and Ruler of all mankind. May Your Kingdom extend to all the ends of the earth, and may You establish Your throne in the hearts of all men.
My Lord and my God, I beseech You to take up Your scepter, to conquer the world, and to reign over it as its rightful King. Let your justice disperse your enemies; let Your Mercy pardon them; let Your Charity draw them to Your Sacred Heart.
Assist us all, O Divine Soverign, to do all in our power to spread Your Kingdom wherever we go and in whatever we do, think, and say.
For myself, I ask that You possess me completely and reign over my body, soul, mind, and heart as ablsolute Lord and Master. To this end I surrender myself to You, renouncing all other masters, emptying my heart of all other loves, that You alone, my Lord and my God, may establish total empire within me.
Help me, my God, to be faithful to You, to serve You well, and to love You with all my strength, with all my mind, with all my will, with all my heart.
Help me to be a worthy subject of my Crucified King, ready and willing to serve You in whatever capacity You may desire. Help me to spend my life in Your service, and to surrender that life whenever You ask me to do so and in whatever manner You may ask.
Live, Jesus Christ! Reign Jesus Christ! Establish over us Your dominion forever and ever. Amen.
This is from a leaflet, it's a very old prayer. On the front it says: What the Sacred Heart of Jesus so ardently desires is love. Say this prayer to Christ the King "For And increase in love" every day earnestly and devoutly.
God loves us with an infinite love as he is infinite. He desires us to ask Him for things, this is why he allows obstacles in our way- for we often pray when we really need God. He draws us to Him as a loving Father and really longs for our love.
Essential Prayers for Catholics/Christians
Praying like this increases our Faith, Hope, and Love
Act of Faith
O my God, I firmly believe
that you are one God in three divine Persons,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
I believe that your divine Son became man
and died for our sins and that he will come
to judge the living and the dead.
I believe these and all the truths
which the Holy Catholic Church teaches
because you have revealed them
who are eternal truth and wisdom,
who can neither deceive nor be deceived.
In this faith I intend to live and die.
Act of Hope
O Lord God,
I hope by your grace for the pardon
of all my sins
and after life here to gain eternal happiness
because you have promised it
who are infinitely powerful, faithful, kind,
In this hope I intend to live and die.
Act of Love
O Lord God, I love you above all things
and I love my neighbor for your sake
because you are the highest, infinite and perfect
good, worthy of all my love.
In this love I intend to live and die.
Act of Contrition
Oh my God
I am heartily sorry
for having offended Thee
I detest all my sins
because I love Thee my God
who art all good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve with the help of Thy grace
to confess my sins, to do pennace, and to amend my life. Amen
The Morning Offering~to start the day right
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of our Holy Father this month. Amen.
One of My Favorite Prayers~The Hail Holy Queen Hail Holy Queen Mother of Mercy Our life, our sweetness and our hope to thee do we cry, poor banished children of eve to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God... that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray: O God, whose only-begotten Son, by his life, death, and resurrection has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech you, that meditating on the Mysteries of the most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord.