At the 2017 Steubenville Youth Conferences, we had a workshop all about how to pray. Because we want your prayer life to grow even more after the conference is over, we compiled some resources to help you! On this page you’ll find tips on different kinds of prayer, Scriptures and quotes for you to pray with, and prayers that have been said by Catholics for ages.

We are praying for you!


Scripture and Prayer

“For we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Holy Spirit comes to aid our weakness.” – Romans 8:26
“Whoever remains in me and I in Him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5
“And I tell you, Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” – Luke 11:9-10
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:6-7
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

Quotes About Prayer

“Mental prayer is nothing else but being on terms of friendship with God, frequently conversing in secret with Him.” – St. Teresa of Avila
“You don’t know how to pray? Put yourself in the presence of God, and as soon as you have said, ‘Lord, I don’t know how to pray!’ you can be sure you have already begun.” – St. Josemaria Escriva
“Against our dullness and laziness, the battle of prayer is that of a humble, trusting, and persevering love.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church 2742
“Humility is the foundation of prayers. Only when we humbly acknowledge that we do not know how to pray as we ought, are we ready to receive freely the gift of prayer. ‘Man is a beggar before God’ (St. Augustine.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church 2559
“I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time – waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God – it changes me.” – C.S. Lewis