Prayer Moments: “Focus”

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A short prayer experience from 365 Prayers for Catholic Schools and Parish Youth Groups

By Filomena Tassi and Peter Tassi

This one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize. (Philippians 3:13b-14)

Getting back on track

Dear Lord, sometimes we are so busy doing school work, chores, part-time jobs, sports, or maintaining a social life that we lose focus. Help us to take time for prayer so that we can slow down our pace and take time to focus and understand what we are being called to do. Show us how to get our priorities straight so that we can better serve you here on earth. Amen.

▪▪ Is it difficult to change our priorities so that we can better focus on what is important?
▪▪ How do we know when we are off track? Can we be off track and be happy?
▪▪ Read the account of Martha and Mary in Luke 10:38–42. Discuss what Jesus’ words to Martha mean to you.

Help us stay focused

Dear Lord, it is not easy to remain focused. Our minds wander. Our attention spans are short. We find it difficult to concentrate. Help us to stay focused. It is our ability to completely focus on the project at hand that will lead to success. Grant us the skills we need to remain focused on what we are doing, to avoid being distracted and sidetracked. Amen.

▪▪ Do some people have a harder time concentrating than others? Why?
▪▪ What are some things that cause us to lose focus?
▪▪ What are things that help keep us focused?

Excerpted from 365 Prayers for Catholic Schools and Parish Youth Groups, by Filomena Tassi and Peter Tassi. Copyright 2016. Published by Twenty-Third Publications ( Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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