A daily prayer for missionaries, from USA Columbans.
Lord God, our loving Father,
we humbly pray to you
for our beloved Missionaries,
heralds of the Gospel.
May our prayers reach their hearts
that they may feel our love,
May their presence in their community
be a reminder
of your presence among us.
A prayer for consciousness: may we be aware of the work of missionaries, and may they be conscious of our continuing prayer and support; may we all be conscious of God-with-us.
S. Anthony said that a man who knew he was praying was not praying. He meant that what was spontaneous and natural was most real; what was most studied and most conscious tended to lack reality.
Often I have heard people say they could pray to God while they were walking about and doing their chores, but that as soon as they knelt down they were plagued with distracting thoughts. The truth about that is that they prayed best when they were least conscious of themselves.
from The Life and letters of Fr Andrew, London, Mowbray, 1948, p210.