Have you ever found yourself in a prayer rut?
Perhaps you’ve been saying the same prayers for so long you no longer pay attention to the meaning behind the words. Your prayer routine has become just that, routine. Though it is good to be in the habit of prayer, we must not lose the heart of our prayer.
Prayer is ultimately a relationship between us and God the Father, Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit.
God, in His goodness, has given us many forms of prayer. Our very life can be a prayer if we let it! Praying in a new way can help us to learn about God in a way that we have never thought about before. If you need a prayer boost, try one of these suggestions! Clicking the orange links will take you to the prayer or resource that you need.
I know there are many more forms of prayer that we can add to the list. Will you leave your suggestions? I want to know your favorite way of growing in your relationship with God and having a vibrant prayer life.
90 Ways to Pray
1. Amen – This simple prayer means “I believe.”
2. The Sign of the Cross
3. The Our Father
4. The Glory Be
5. The Jesus Prayer – “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”
6. Read the Psalms (Start with Psalms 23, 46, and 51)
7. Do a prayer walk and pray for your neighbors as you pass by each home.
8. Prayer to the Holy Spirit – Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
10. Anima Christi
12. Set an alarm to remind you to pray every day at 3pm. This is the Hour of Mercy. “Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.” You don’t have to pray an entire Chaplet, just pause to reflect on Christ crucified for our sins.
13. Choose to fast from something (music, food, technology) for the day
14. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your prayer. “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” – Romans 8:26
17. Sit outside and adore the beauty of God’s Creation
18. Make a consecration to Mary (33 Days to Morning Glory)
19. Attend a Bible study or prayer meeting at your church
20. Make a list of the attributes and qualities of of God
22. Use prayers of Aspiration – Praise the Lord, Thanks be to God, Bless the Lord
23. Pray for Peace in our world and an end to hatred, discrimination, and injustice (Peace prayer of St. Francis)
24. Use Holy Water, Blessed Oil, or Blessed Candles in your prayer time
26. Pray for the intentions of the Pope
27. The Hail Mary
29. Pray for the leaders of our country and our world
31. Pray over your children when they are hurt or sick. “Jesus help them feel better quickly. Amen”. Also, pray a bedtime prayer with them. Teaching your children to pray is a beautiful gift to both them and God.
33. Make a box to store prayer cards and holy cards. Pull one out when you need to pray.
34. Meet a friend for a Prayer Date and pray with one another.
35. Pray for priests and others in religious life.
38. Create a list of all the things you are thankful for and praise God for His goodness
41. Write your own prayer in a Journal or try Bible Journaling
42. The Angelus
43. Pray as you do household chores such as dishes and laundry. Lift up the needs of the person you are serving through your task.
44. Listen to Gregorian Chant
45. Pray that our culture would understand the Beauty, Miracle and Sanctity of ALL Life
46. The Memorare (or even an “express novena” of nine Memorares!)
47. Think about someone you might have forgotten to pray for and lift up their needs immediately.
48. Scroll through the contacts on your phone and pray for each name you come across.
50. Go to Confession
51. Pray for the needs of the poor
52. Read the Gospel readings for Sunday Mass/Daily – Laudate App
53. Make an Examination of Conscience
54. Make a list of prayers that have been answered and thank God!
55. Pray the Seven Sorrows of Mary
56. Pray for miracles, signs, and wonders to show the power of God and convert many hearts
57. Learn about and try Praying with breath
58. Read a spiritual book or a daily devotional to help you understand the Scriptures.
59. Go to Adoration. Sit with the Lord and enjoy being in His presence.
60. Lectio Divina
62. Pray for the sick, the suffering, and the dying
63. Pray St. Gertrude’s Prayer – “Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.” The Lord told St. Gertrude that every time this prayer is said 1000 souls will be released from purgatory!!
64. Spiritually Adopt an Unborn Child and commit to praying for them over the next 9 months
66. Pray for families and marriages to be rooted in God’s love and strengthened through grace.
67. Pray before and after meals
68. Pray for each friend on your Facebook page, pray for the person you are sending an email to, or pray your Twitter feed
69. The Rosary – Try a scriptural or Pro-life rosary
70. Pray for the Lonely, Hopeless, and Despairing that they would find Hope in Jesus
71. Pray for someone who died unexpectedly that they would receive God at the hour of their death
72. Practice The Rule of St. Benedict
73. The Nicene Creed
74. Find a Saint to pray with and learn more about
79. Pray the ABC’s. Start with A and think of a word that describes God (example A – God is Awesome, B- God is Beautiful, etc) and work your way through the alphabet.
80. Pray for the spiritual and physical needs of each member of your family
81. Simply speak the name of Jesus!
82. “Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you, save souls!”
83. When someone thanks you, or praises you, give the glory to God and respond “praise God!,” or “AMDG – To the Greater Glory of God!”
84. Sing the seasonal Marian Antiphon
85. Offer your day for a specific intention for a loved one, friend or stranger.
86. Wear your prayers. My Saint My Hero offers Blessing bracelets, Scapular earrings, and Saint necklaces. This jewelry will serve as a reminder to pray through your day.
87. Sit in silence and listen for the voice of God.
88. Pray a Novena for a specific intention
89. Find a Bible verse that you like and memorize it so you can pray it often.
90. Attend THE MASS as often as you can – our highest form of prayer
Please don’t forget to leave your suggestions. We can all help one another grow in relationship with God through prayer.