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Old 03-23-2016, 11:25 AM
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Default Taming the Prayer Perfectionist in Me

I have a confession. I'm terrible at prayer. I mean well, but the stickler side of me makes it all weird and I wonder if God thinks I've had too much coffee because-- booooy can I ramble.


If Sheldon were God, this would be us.

I don't truly think God minds my rambling but it makes me feel as though my prayer efforts aren't as fulfilling as they could be. I'm always left wondering what or whom I left out. Did I say thank you enough? Did I accidentally let my mind wander to winning the lottery rather than praying for strength in coping with medical bills?

I'm pretty sure it shouldn't be this complicated.

Then today I see this: Pope Francis' Five Finger Prayer
It's a freakin' outline for praying. Woooo! My obsessive little heart practically burst.

click here for pdf version

I'm not Catholic and I'm pretty left of center as a Christian. But I think that's what's so sweet about this form: even if you have no particular faith practice, it's applicable to finding gratitude. And that's pretty awesome.

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Absolutely love this! I struggle as well, and when I had the heart valves replaced even sadly prayed to stop living. That did not occur after my auto accident, so I have to believe that somewhere I have improved.

I have tried to be more directed in prayer, and it definitely is a process!
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