Lord, how good it is for us to be here -- Matthew 17

Adult Playlist 5

 

This Prayer Playlist will help you kick start your prayer life in the new year.  It's the perfect time for spiritual resolutions! 

Our Catholic faith tradition offers many great starting places for prayer.  We are blessed with a wealth of spiritual disciplines and devotions whose structure can bring us inner freedom.  Showing up consistently as we nurture the habit of daily prayer helps us to grow in fidelity in our relationship with God.  This month, we're taking a look at some traditional forms of prayer with fresh eyes.

The ideas below are a menu of prayer styles that might appeal to you.  After exploring them, try choosing one to focus on for the next month.

 

(You can find more Prayer Playlists for adults HERE.)

 

Praying with the Bible can seem overwhelming, but choosing a manageable reading plan helps make it doable.

Here are a few good places to start:

  • Begin with the Gospel of Mark (which we are reading this Year B of the Lectionary cycle).  It's the shortest Gospel -- only 16 chapters.  You can read and pray with one chapter a week and be done before Easter.  You can find the text of Mark HERE.
  • Begin with the Psalms.  These are the prayers that Jesus grew up praying.  There are 150 Psalms.  You could try reading one a day or just opening the book randomly.  You can find the book of Psalms HERE.
  • Try praying the daily Mass readings (or picking just one of them).  You can find them HERE.
  • You can find many, many Bible reading plans HERE.  

Here are some Scripture verses about prayer:

Here are some blogs with tips for getting started creating a prayer habit:

 

Some advice on getting started with prayer from Ascension Presents:

Father James Martin, SJ on ways to pray with Scripture:

 

Check out this living room concert from Matt Maher.

Songs to pray in the morning:

                       Steve Angrisano, Benedictus 

                       Jesse Manibusen, Open My Eyes Lord  

Songs to pray at night:

                        Steve Angrisano, Magnificat

                        Sarah Hart, My Evening Prayer  

Songs for Praise:

                        Third Day, God of Wonders

                        Tauren Wells, When We Pray

Songs for Gratitude:

                         Mikeschair, All I Can Do Is Say Thank You

                         Steve Angrisano and Sarah Hart:  Grateful

Songs for Petition:

                         Matt Maher, Lord I Need You

                         Audrey Assad, Everything is Yours

Songs for Contrition:    

                         Matt Maher, Run to the Father

                         Chris Rice, Come to Jesus 

If you're curious about the Rosary, try listening to the album Mysteries by Danielle Rose -- one song for each mystery of the Rosary.

 

Here are some things to reflect on during your prayer time.  They can also serve as journal prompts.

  • What current rituals or daily habits of prayer do I already have in place in my life?
  • What would help me deepen my prayer life:
    • creating a habitual time and space for prayer?
    • committing to trying one of the spiritual disciplines described in this playlist for a set period of time?
  • Do I feel like I spend more time talking to God, listening to God, or just being with God in my prayer?
  • Is there a certain prayer style I feel drawn to explore?
  • What's my deepest desire for my relationship with God in the year ahead?

 

Here are audio meditations from God in All Things to start and end your day:

                        Morning Examen

                        Evening Examen

Rosary Podcasts from Catholic Central (try taking a 20 minute walk while you listen):

                        The Joyful Mysteries

                        The Luminous Mysteries

                        The Sorrowful Mysteries

                        The Glorious Mysteries  

The Liturgy of the Hours is the official daily prayer of the Church.  Several times a day, Catholics all over the world pray the Divine Office together.

                         Learn more HERE.

                         You can pray along HERE.

 

Download a few Prayer Apps for your phone. Here are some good ones:

(links are to the Apple App Store)    HERE's a a list of a few more you might like.

 

Create a designated prayer space in your home.  Here are some ideas to get you started:

 

Looking for some spiritual reading to inspire you as you dive into prayer? Try Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott.

Here's a guided meditation for the New Year from God in All Things:   A Meditation for New Beginnings  

Here are two reflections from Ignatian Spirituality to honor the ending of the old year and the beginning of the new year:

                        Examen Prayer for the Year

                        Freedom for the New Year

Here's a selection of audio meditations on Scripture stories in the Ignatian style from Pray As You Go:  Imaginative Contemplation Exercises.

 

(You can find more Prayer Playlists for adults HERE.)