May I receive you in this Communion with open arms and a loving and contrite heart, so that I may be filled with Your grace, for my good and Your glory!
While we as sinners, don’t receive our Lord in a state of perfection, we should be striving nonetheless to avoid sin and approach our Lord with humility and love. Think of the words we say at Mass as a guide, echoing those spoken by the Centurian in the Gospels (Matthew 8:8): “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”
St. Alphonsus Liguori once wrote, “Blessed that soul that approaches Holy Communion with a great desire to be united to Jesus Christ.” He said to get the most benefit out of this Sacrament we should prepare by “driving from our heart everything that is not of God and for God” and cultivate the desire to receive our Lord “with the view of loving Him more.”
The simple prayer above may be said before receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion by children and adults alike.
So, put your worries and worldly cares aside before receiving our Lord in Communion. You can share them with Him afterwards in prayer.