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Before beginning to pray, take three deep breaths and enjoy some silence.

Loving God, you are a God of relationships.  You, in your infinite wisdom and power, entered into a covenantal relationship with your child Abraham promising to be his God (and Israel’s!) and to make his offspring numerous.  And you long for relationship with us – drawing us to yourself through the Holy Spirit – and yearning for us to spend time in prayer with you.  May we rejoice in the relationship we have with you and seek to strengthen it through your grace.  In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

Close with the Lord’s Prayer, paying attention to what jumps out at you.