I tried this morning, but it was a moment where I just could not figure out what to think of or ask God so I just shut my eyes and said to myself, God help me to pray. I dont think that counts.
Yes, indeed, that counts! In fact, a saint named Josemaría Escrivá said,
“You don’t know how to pray? Put yourself in the presence of God, and as soon as you have said, ‘Lord, I don’t know how to pray!’ you can be sure you’ve already begun.”
In the Gospel, we read that the apostles asked Jesus to teach them to pray (Luke 11:1–4). What He taught them was what we call the Lord’s Prayer (the Our Father):
He was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”
He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.”
A longer version of this same prayer is in the Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 6:9–15). This is the perfect prayer not only because Jesus (God Himself) taught it, but also because it contains in it the major types of prayer. So here are the words of the Our Father as we pray it today, and what you can think about as you slowly pray it:
*]"Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.” Worship and praise God. Thank Him for His gifts to you and others.
*]“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Conform yourself to God’s plan for you. Ask Him to reveal His will to you. Listen.
*]“Give us this day our daily bread.” Ask God for what you (and others) need. “Bread” means everything we need. For Catholics, it can also mean the Eucharist, where Jesus feeds us with Himself, the living Bread from heaven.
*]“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Ask God for forgiveness for all your sins. Ask Him to help you forgive others. Be specific: examine yourself to see how you might have offended God. And think whether there is anyone in particular whom you need to forgive.
*]“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Ask for protection from physical and (especially) spiritual harm, for the grace you need to avoid sin.[/LIST]