We all say different prayers attributed to certain saints. Prayers for everyday, prayers for adoration, prayers before communion and study and so on and so on. The saints wrote these prayers because they tried to make their lives one long uninterrupted devotion. They sanctified every moment by asking for the grace to accomplish God’s will in that moment.
We should all be making each moment a chance to pray for ourselves and our world. We should make our own devotions for each activity of our day. I have friends who always remember to say a prayer to Our Lady every time they drive in their car. I have another friend who has a Hail Mary on his voicemail. Each and every moment can be a time for us to write our own devotional prayers to the Lord. There is something special about writing and practicing your own prayers and devotions. What are the prayers and devotions you have written or practice during the day?
Here are 2 devotional prayers I pray before communion and after confession:
On the way up to receive Holy Communion I pray the following prayer:
Oh Jesus as I approach your table to receive your body and blood I ask that you prepare my heart to receive all that you have for me. I ask that through this Holy Eucharist I will receive every grace, every gift, every look, every touch, every cross, every word, every message, every dream, every hope, every bit of faith and love, every suffering, (I continue until I get to the front of the line) and every good gift you have for me. I humbly ask to receive all of you my Jesus. Amen
After Confession I look upon the crucifix and I say the following prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ I thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I ask you Jesus to come more deeply into my heart today. I know that my heart is over grown with the thorns and brush of sin and selfishness. I ask Lord that right now you rip from my heart the brush and thorns so that you may enter in. Do not be gentle Jesus. Now is the time for you to tear from my heart everything that is not of you. Do not worry about the pain it causes me. I know that my wounds will be comforted by your holy presence. Amen.
Make your lives a devotion
Dave VanVickle is a Catholic speaker and writer focusing on the Universal Call to Holiness and Authentic Catholic Spirituality. He is currently employed as the Director of Evangelization for the parishes of the Catholic Community of Wexford, PA.