Overcoming Hurdles to Prayer

This week’s prayer challenge comes from Pope Francis.

Pope Francis prays in Saint Peter square at the Vatican on September 7, 2013. Pope Francis has called for a global day of fasting and prayer on Saturday for peace in Syria and against any armed intervention. AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Each day, the Pope begins his prayer with this morning offering:

“O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day. For all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, for the salvation of souls, the reparation of sins, the reunion of all Christians, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father this month. Amen.”

Throughout the day, the Pope repeats this prayer with a deep breath when feeling stressed or tired. “Lord, I am a sinner: come with your mercy.” Pope Francis

When you start a new habit, they say the third day or the third week is one of the “hurdles.” The temptation to begin to skip or skimp on your prayer life grows very strong. How has this prayer challenge been for you?

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