Freshly Brewed, Episode 66: How to Have a Heart-to-Heart


Friends this episode of Freshly Brewed could not have come at a more perfect time! A few weeks after an epic weekend at Frassati Fest and a couple weeks into Lent, Doug and Lindsay talk through the steps of how to pray! Inspired by a book called Prayer Primer, the two discuss how to spend time in prayer and how these steps help us build a relationship with Jesus!



7 steps of prayer:

  1. Pick a time and place
    • We cannot pray “at all times” if we do not pray at specific times. CCC 2697
  2. Remember the presence of the person you are spending time with.
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  3. Transition your attention from the world to prayer by focusing on a simple line or two such as:
    • Come, Holy Spirit.
    • Come, Lord Jesus.
    • God, come to my assistance. Oh Lord, make haste to help me. 
    • Glory be…
    • Our Father…
    • Hail, Mary…
  4. Input: Read something that teaches you about who Jesus is, the lives of the saints, etc.
    • Sacred Scripture – Gospels/Letters of Saint Paul
    • Imitation of Christ, Thomas Dubay, Father Jacques Philippe
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  5. Apply these readings to your life, ponder, draw conclusions, and remember that you are talking about this with Jesus Himself. Be real with Jesus!
    • “My daughter…why do you not tell me about everything that concerns you, even the smallest details? Tell Me about everything, and know that this will give Me great joy. I answered, But You know about everything, Lord.” And Jesus replied to me, “Yes I do know; but you should not excuse yourself with the fact that I know, but with childlike simplicity talk to Me about everything, for my ears and heart are inclined towards you, and your words are dear to Me.”                                                                                                                                   -St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in my Soul
  6. Make a resolution.
    • “To reform. Every day a little. This has to be your constant task if you really want to become a saint.” 
      ― Saint Josemaría Escrivá, The Way
  7. Give Thanks!
    • Let us thank God for His priceless gift!
      – St. Paul


Further resources on prayer:

Podcasts by Father Mike Schmitz!

FOCUS blog: How to Pray

Prayer Primer by Fr. Thomas Dubay *this is the book that inspired Doug’s advice on the pod!

Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales

Soul of the Apostolate by Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard, O.C.S.O.

Interior Freedom by Jacque Philippe

Time for God by Jacque Philippe

Meditation and Contemplation by Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV

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