In honor of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, we would like to share with you prayers written by our 7th graders. In class they learned about spontaneous prayer from St. Paul’s letter to Philemon. This book of the Bible lays out the format to spontaneous prayer. The students have been practicing this form of prayer, and as an assignment were to create their own in honor of the Pope. We will share one prayer each day of the Pope’s visit.
“Dear Most Loving Gracious God,
As our leader of the church comes to visit our country, I thank you for blessing our nation with the capability to worship You. As the Pope comes to our nation, we pray that You will help us to listen to the Pope and do the good deeds of him. Thank you for giving me the strength to see and listen to the Pope and his message. We pray that You will lead our Pope on a safe and harmless journey to our nation and the rest of his journey as Pope. Through Your Son, Jesus Christ, we pray that we will follow in the acts of Jesus so that we will one day come back to you. Amen.”