Steps for Meditative Prayer

An excerpt from a talk by Fr. Jeff Norfolk

True meditative prayer requires speaking and listening.  Here are a few steps to follow when praying in order to receive from Our Lord and respond to his personal call in your life.

Acknowledge – the anger, frustration, anxiety, etc. that you are feeling. Acknowledge it is real.

Relate – Tell the Lord all about whatever is bothering you. This step of relating gets it off your chest and places it in the Hands of the Lord.

Receive – Ask Him for His grace, His guidance as to what to do with the struggle you are having, what direction to go to find freedom, how to let go.

Respond – Only once you have received the grace or the direction the Lord wants you to go can you respond and take the necessary steps forward to freedom.

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