Prayer Moments: Perseverance

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

By Filomena Tassi and Peter Tassi

Do you not know that in the race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. (1 Corinthians 9:24)

Never give up

Lord, it is not easy to keep moving forward when we have attempted things and feel that we have failed. Whether it be rewriting a test, working on a friendship, attaining a personal best in sports, or passing a course, help us realize that it is not how many times we fall that is important. What is important is that we keep getting up. Help us to never give up and always give the best we have so that we may succeed in all we do. Amen.

▪▪ What can we do to adopt a never-give-up attitude?
▪▪ Do we admire people who demonstrate great perseverance?
▪▪ Who are some great people who failed but never gave up and eventually experienced great success?

Give it our all

Dear Lord, we know that when we work hard at things and finally achieve them, we appreciate them more. Help us to always be willing to give one hundred percent to all we do. Give us the fortitude to never give up but to continue through the hard times toward success. May we know that all things are possible through trust and faith in you. Grant us the confidence and strength we need to never give up and to find great satisfaction and fulfillment in our perseverance. Amen.

▪▪ Can we find as much satisfaction in the effort as we do in the success?
▪▪ Why is it that many people give up if things don’t work out the first time?
▪▪ What can help us to become people of perseverance and determination?

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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