Foundation Session 4 Make-up: Part 4 – Prayer

Candidate and parent(s)/guardian,

One of the goals of the Confirmation program is for the Candidates to be able to discuss their faith with others. This includes the facts about Jesus’ church but also our individual/family experience of Christ’s love. In this make-up session you are creating a small group for discussion and experience.

Please watch the following videos, together as suggested, then reflect individually on the questions. After a period of time of individual reflection (you may want to write your thoughts or a short note down) then  share your individual answers with each other and discuss the question and the videos. After the discussion, complete the form at the bottom of the page and submit to complete the session you missed on Part 3 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Life in Christ.

This session has been estimated to take between 1-1.5 hours.

The goal for this session is to review the Prayer. 1) What is prayer?, 2) Forms of Prayer, 3) a  closer look at the Lord’s Prayer and 4) praying with Scripture.

Opening Prayer:

Together, make the Sign of the Cross.

Teen: We pray for the intention for our Country, that the Lord’s healing and renewing power be made visible as we call on citizens to humbly come before His throne.  We pray to the Lord,… (together). LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Teen: We pray that all individuals, in business and privately, place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities, and men. We pray to the Lord,… (together). LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory Be.

AMEN.

Overview of Prayer

For many, prayer plays a huge role in their lives. But what exactly IS prayer? And why is it so important? Bishop Don offers us some great insight into the power of prayer, and the many different ways we can benefit from it. Based upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church (2559)

Discussion Question 1: Have you ever thought of God a wanting to be in relationship with you? What does being a good friend look like? Name at least three qualities. Does your relationship with God reflect that? If not, how you can you make one change today to increase your prayer life?

Discussion Question 2: What does the video and the Catholic Church teach that that prayer isn’t about changing God, but about changing who?

Activity & Response -In the video, Bishop Don Hying suggests that Jesus prays possibly the most perfect prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. Look up Jesus’ prayer, (Matthew 26:36-46) and why do you think that might be the most perfect prayer?

Forms (Types) of prayer

Read this information on the 5 different forms of prayer. Foundation Session 4 -Forms of Prayer

Discussion Question 3: What form of prayer is the easiest for you to pray? What form of prayer do you think you need to include in your prayer life more?

Activity & Response – In the form below, list each form of prayer and give one example of how we have prayed that form in Mass.

The Lord’s Prayer

Sometimes we pray the prayer that Scriptures says Jesus taught us, the Our Father or the Lord’s prayer, (Matthew 6:9-13). Sometimes we pray this Lord’s Prayer because we don’t know what else prayer can be or we know this prayer and we can complete our prayer duty and be done. But have you ever prayed that prayer while really thinking about the words meant? It might be a little like this…. (Watch the video below.)

Discussion Question 4: What is one thing that stood out to you from the video?

Praying Through Scripture

Read this blog post on a young adult’s perspective on praying with Scripture.

Discussion Question 5: Have you ever thought of Scripture as a form of prayer? What verses/bible stories that you know might be prayerful?

Give it a try: Here is some information on Lectio Divina, take a moment read through this information and give it a try for your closing prayer.

Activity & Response: What is one way you are going to make to your prayer life more active this summer?

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