Tips for Praying

Discernment Prayer of Cardinal John Henry Newman

O Jesus Christ, my Lord,
you have created me to do you some definite service.
You have given some work to me
which you have not given to any other.
I have a place in your plan.
I may never know what it is in this life
but I will be told in the next.
Therefore, I will trust you in all things.
If I am sick, my sickness may serve you.
If I am worried, my worry may serve you.
If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve you.
You do nothing in vain; you know what you are doing.
You may put me among strangers;
You may make me feel forgotten;
You may make my spirits sink;
You may hide my future from me…
Still, you know what you are doing, and I trust you.

God our Father,
You have a plan for each one of us,
You hold out to us a future full of hope.
Give me the wisdom of your Spirit,
So that I can see the shape of your plan
in the gifts you have given me,
and in the circumstances of my daily life.
Give me the freedom of your Spirit,
to seek you with all my heart,
and to choose your will above all else.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.