Strengthening Summit – Wednesday, February 19, 2014 – Prayer – “How To”
Start Group with a prayer to Holy Spirit:
O, Holy Spirit, beloved of our souls, we adore You. Enlighten us, guide us, strengthen us, console us. Tell us what we should do. Give us your orders. We promise to submit ourselves to all that You desire of us and to accept all that you permit to happen to us. Let us only know Your will.
Someone should then read the scripture verse:
During the time young Samuel was minister to the LORD under Eli, the word of the LORD was scarce and vision infrequent. One day Eli was asleep in his usual place. His eyes had lately grown so weak that he could not see. The lamp of God was not yet extinguished,and Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORD where the ark of God was.The LORD called to Samuel, who answered, “Here I am.” He ran to Eli and said, “Here I am. You called me.” “I did not call you,” Eli answered. “Go back to sleep.” So he went back to sleep. Again the LORD called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli. “Here I am,” he said. “You called me.” But he answered, “I did not call you, my son. Go back to sleep.”
Samuel did not yet recognize the LORD, since the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. The LORD called Samuel again, for the third time. Getting up and going to Eli, he said, “Here I am. You called me.” Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the youth. So he said to Samuel, “Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’” When Samuel went to sleep in his place, the LORD came and stood there, calling out as before: Samuel, Samuel! Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” (1 Samuel 3:1-10)
- Do I have a committed daily Prayer time? Why or why not?
- Is my prayer more about “relationship” or “ritual?” Explain.
- What must I do to make my prayer life better? Be specific!
End with the Lord’s Prayer
Next 22:32 Men’s Strengthening Summit is March 19, 2014 @ 6:30 PM followed by Mass for Feast of St. Joseph