Framing Life in Prayer
With Carrie Soukup
What is it?
Unite yourself with Christ, give day to God, ask for help
Really quick – 30 seconds to 2 min
Psychological – You start off right. Check the box. Endorphins.
Executive -remember most important thing. Put day in perspective. Work toward your Goal (100 year).
Spiritual – Wake up your soul. Act as a whole person.
Get help – God is already active. Open the door to his grace.
Which of these benefits do you most need? Identify which.
Who else does this?
Uniting yourself with people all around the world. Joining a team.
Saints and angels. All heaven on your side.
Jesus spent time in prayer in the morning.
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35
He prayed the psalms
Psalm 5:3 In the morning, O LORD, hear my voice. In the morning I lay my needs in front of you, and I wait.
Psalm 119:147 I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.
Psalm 57:7-10 Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples.
Who is a model for you? Who do you want to be like? Spiritually? Can you envision this person praying first thing in the morning? Can you envision yourself?
Here is what it can look like:
I wake up. Lie in bed for a while thinking. Usually chatting with God – laying my thoughts before him.
Feet hit floor. I stretch. “Thank you! For life, for another chance. Me on the way, hobble. Hand on crucifix. Unite myself to you. All that I am. Everything I’ll do.
Help me, my loved ones, the whole world. I need you.”
If I forgot, I’d remember later and touch the crucifix.
Or, snuggle with my little kids
Just look at a cross. Sleepy. kiss it. Or blow a kiss.
Elementary school kid – I’d love to do a morning offering with you if you didn’t yet.
What does your snap shot look like?
A Traditional Morning Offering
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 all my relatives and friends,
and in particular
for the intentions of the Holy Father.
These phrases are said first thing in the morning by monks, nuns, sisters, priests and lay people all around the world who are praying the “invitatory” or “morning prayer” of the Liturgy of the Hours.
Leader: Lord, open my lips
All: and my mouth will declare your praise.
Leader: O God, come to my assistance.
All: O Lord, make haste to help me.
St. Therese’ Morning Offering
O my God! I offer Thee all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every thought, my simplest works, by uniting them to His infinite merits; and I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of His Merciful Love.
O my God! I ask of Thee for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that we may one day be united together in heaven for all Eternity.
A Simple Morning Offering
Good morning, Jesus! I love you. I praise you.
Let us be together this day in everything I do,
every place I go and in every person I see.
Please help me with the things that will be difficult.
I will remember your love for me on the cross.
And in all the things that are joyful today,
it will be for you!
Many hymns and worship songs that are perfect morning offerings
Memorize a line or chorus
Write your own
1. Thank God.
2. Unite yourself with Jesus and the Church.
3. Offer everything from the upcoming day to Him.
4. Ask for his presence / guidance or help.
Pray from the heart.
Reminder – Crucifix on wall. Hold something , rosary, cross, rock, By bed – a picture, a book, a note to yourself by bed, photo of someone you admire
The prayer itself – Printed prayer, your written prayer, a book, music.
Concrete place – Otherwise, everything blends. Feel like – did I do it or not? Could you check the box or not?
Physical action – Sign of cross, kneel, touch a crucifix, raise arms. Unite mind, body with spirit
Intention (lastly- and firstly) – Decide that you want to. Envision yourself making a morning offering. In your home. Mentally, say when you’ll do it – when feet hit the floor. Get detailed. See it like a photo.
Call to Action
Develop/collect your tools:
The prayer itself
I challenge you to do this for 10 days. Put a check mark by the day. If you miss a day, just pick up where you left off.
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10
Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what was the best benefit!