I posted this question in the Ask and Apologist forum, hoping for Father Serpa to assist. Unfortunately, it wasn’t chosen to be answered. So I throw it out to you all.
Every day, on my 12-minute commute to work, I pray very specifically and in the following order:
- Chaplet of Divine Mercy
- That God will protect and guide my family and use us as his instruments every day
- For my children… for good health and long productive lives in service of God
- For my wife and I… that God help us raise our children right
- For our families… for continued good health and longevity and for those members of our families who have fallen away from the faith
- For our clergy
- For all souls who have left this world… especially those in purgatory and my ancestors, family, friends, and students
- For an end to abortion and for the souls of the children murdered by the sin of abortion and those who will be today
- For my wife and I… that God will help us to recognize and embrace His will in our lives everyday and keep us safe and healthy for each other, our children, and our future grandchildren
- In thanksgiving for my improved health from my daily workout and asking for continued good health and motivation in carrying on with my physical fitness
- For all those in the world who are in need… especially the children. I ask God to help us to make this world a better place and guide me on what I can do to help
- Lastly, I offer my day and ask God to be first and foremost in my mind, words, heart, and actions
All of these things are very important to me and probably most of you. I feel as though I must pray these every day and feel that by not praying them, I am sending the message that they aren’t important.
Does God know these intentions… so I should just hold them in my heart? How can I develop a deeper, more meaningful prayer life with God and break away from “routines” like this?
Thank you for your thoughts!