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Need help to pray?
We all struggle to pray at times. Sometimes it helps just to be natural with God, to talk to Him in your prayers as you would to a close friend. He knows you inside out, He knows the thoughts and longings in your heart, and He loves you very much.

Sometimes when prayer is difficult, it helps to use a set prayer. Here are some well-known prayers to help when you have run out of words or don't know what to pray.

    General Confession
    Almighty God,
    my heavenly Father,
    I have sinned against You
    through my own fault,
    in thought, word and deed,
    and in what I have left undone.
    For the sake of Your Son,
    Our Lord Jesus Christ,
    forgive me all that is past
    and grant that I may serve You
    in newness of life
    to the glory of Your Name.

    Getting Right With God
    Lord, in my weakness
    and in my ignorance
    I have failed you.
    I acknowledge
    how much I need you.
    Give me faith
    to reach out to you,
    to receive your forgiveness,
    grace and blessings.
    Let me know you
    and worship you more deeply.
    Open my eyes to the love of Jesus
    who laid down His life for me
    and fill me with your Holy Spirit.
    Set me free
    to be all you created me to be
    and to follow you faithfully
    all the days of my life.

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    The Lord's Prayer
    Our Father, who art in heaven,
    Hallowed be Thy name.
    Thy kingdom come,
    Thy will be done on earth
    as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread
    and forgive us our debts,
    as we forgive our debtors.
    Lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil,
    for Thine is the kingdom,
    the power and the glory,
    for ever and ever.

    Prayer of St Columba
    Kindle, O Lord, in our hearts,
    we pray,
    the flame of love
    which never ceases,
    that it may burn in us
    and give light to others.
    May we shine forever
    in your temple,
    set on fire
    with that eternal light of yours
    which puts flight to
    the darkness of this world;
    in the name of Jesus Christ,
    your Son, our Lord.

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    Prayer for Family and Home
    (Jewish Sabbath Prayer)

    Father of mercy,
    continue we pray
    your loving-kindness to us all.
    May we walk before you
    in the way of righteousness ,
    loyal to your law
    and clinging to good deeds.
    Keep far from us
    all manner of shame, grief and care;
    and grant that peace,
    light and joy
    may ever abide in our home;
    for with you is the fountain of life,
    and in your light we see light.

    Prayer of Ignatius Loyola
    Take, O Lord,
    and receive my entire liberty,
    my memory, my understanding
    and my whole will.
    All that I am
    and all that I possess
    You have given me:
    I surrender it all to You
    to be disposed of according
    to Your will.
    Give me only
    Your love and Your grace;
    with these I will be rich enough,
    and will desire nothing more.

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