Intercessory prayer is the purifying bath into which the individual
and the community must enter every day.
and the community must enter every day.
Before You Ask
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (Matthew 6:7-8)
Many people think their prayers won’t work if they don’t utter them clearly enough, or fail to explain to God exactly what they mean, or don’t speak loudly enough to him with sufficient earnestness. But when this happens, prayer becomes so exaggerated that our Savior even forbids it.
Obviously Jesus does not want to discourage us from praying. His point is that when we pray we must have a sense of proportion. Once we have prayed, we must be quiet. We need to be like the farmer who has sown his seed. Help will come only when you are quiet in faith. Also in your sickness or with other needs, learn to be still and look to the Kingdom of God.
We can share our needs with the Father in a few words, without making a fuss, and rest assured that God already knows what we need and what he will do to help us. We don’t have to explain our requests in great detail to God, or try and make quite sure that he knows our needs. God knows about even the smallest matters and takes them straight into his heart. We can turn to him by glancing Heavenward, with no words at all. We can do this even when we pray about something concrete and tangible, or about something that specifically troubles us. We may realize that what we thought we needed is actually not necessary and that we can find a way right in the midst of how things are now.
This doesn’t mean that we just let things happen – as if everything will come of its own accord without our longing for it. Nor should we just cast a brief and hurried request at God’s feet. When this happens, we too easily lose sight of God, assume that everything comes to us without his help, and we forget to thank him. Then we cease to have a believing heart and are consequently not true children of God.
Jesus said, “Before you ask him.” Therefore we do need to make our requests known to him, otherwise many things will not be given that could have been given. It never displeases God when we come to him with our heartfelt requests. A real child asks for everything, knowing God has an ear for him. We should bring all our burdens and needs to him, for at the very least this helps to make us ever more aware that in all things God is the giver.
God always has our interest in mind. He carries our various needs with fatherly concern, eagerly waiting for us to come to him. He has not forgotten us. And when we feel tempted to think so, then all the more we should remember that he knows it all and cares for us. In fact, he knows much more about us and our needs than we do. Simple, childlike prayer is enough to move his heart, give you something out of the fullness of his compassion, and save you from all sorts of fear and trouble.
(Johann Christoph Blumhardt)
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Prayer for a Blessing on the New Year
O sacred and adorable Trinity, hear our prayers. Bless, we beseech thee, during the coming year, the whole church; convert heretics and unbelievers; soften the hearts of sinners so that they may return to thy friendship; give prosperity to our country and peace among the nations of the world; pour down thy blessings upon our friends, relatives, and acquaintances, and upon our enemies, if we have any; assist the poor and the sick; have pity on the souls of those whom this year has taken from us; and do thou be merciful to those who during the coming year will be summoned before thy judgment seat. May all our actions be preceded by thy inspirations and carried on by thy assistance, so that all our prayers and works, having been begun in thee, may likewise be ended through thee.
Received: January 1, 2019
My fiancee suddenly called off our wedding and has started acting very erratic and had been behaving totally out of character. Filling himself with material things and women. Please pray for him and the reconciliation of our relationship/marriage
I was so hurt and devastated by this, its very hard for me to deal with, I just keep praying for him I'm so worried about him. Thank you
Received: December 29, 2018
Prayer for the Feast of the Holy Innocents
Almighty God, out of the mouths of children you manifest your truth, and by the death of the holy innocents at the hands of evil tyrants you show your strength in our weakness: We ask you to mortify all that is evil within us, and so strengthen us by your grace, that we may glorify your holy name by the innocency of our lives and the constancy of our faith even unto death; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who died for us and now lives with you and the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.
(Anglican Diocese of the South)
Received: December 28, 2018
Prayer for the Feast of St. John the Evangelist
Shed upon your church, O Lord, the brightness of your light, that we, being illumined by the teaching of your apostle and evangelist John, may so walk in the light of your truth, that at length we may attain to the fullness of eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Anglican Diocese of the South)
Received: December 27, 2018
A Prayer for the Feast of St. Stephen
Grant, O Lord, that in all our sufferings here upon Earth for the testimony of your truth, we may steadfastly look up to Heaven, and by faith behold the glory that shall be revealed; and being filled with the Holy Spirit, may learn to love and bless our persecutors by the example of your first martyr Stephen, who prayed for his murderers as did his Lord and Savior; who now sits at the right hand of God to intercede for all who suffer in his name, and who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.
(Anglican Diocese of the South)
Received: December 26, 2018
Daily Prayer to End Abortion
Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life and for the lives of all my brothers and sisters. I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion, yet I rejoice that you have conquered death by the resurrection of your Son.
I am ready to do my part in ending abortion. Today I commit myself never to be silent, never to be passive, never to be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement and never to stop defending life until all my brothers and sisters are protected and our nation once again becomes a nation with liberty and justice not just for some, but for all, through Christ our Lord.
(Priests For Life)
Received: December 20, 2018
Prayer To Defeat The Work Of Satan
O Divine Eternal Father, in union with your divine Son and the Holy Spirit, I beg you to destroy the power of your greatest enemy – the evil spirits.
Cast them into the deepest recesses of hell and chain them there forever! Take back the possession of your kingdom which you have created and which is rightfully yours.
Heavenly Father, give us the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
I repeat this prayer out of pure love for you with every beat of my heart and with every breath I take.
Received: December 10, 2018
Beannacht by John O'Donohue
On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.
And when your eyes
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colors,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.
When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.
May the nourishment of the Earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.
Received: December 7, 2018
A Prayer to Keep God at the Center During the Holidays
Lord, we worship you during this Christmas season. You are our wonderful Counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. We choose to put you at the center of our family life as we celebrate your birth. Keep us from distractions and help us to invite you into all our family activities. Teach us to pray and help us to glorify and worship you in our family during this busy time of year. Give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation that we might know you better. Thank you for being Immanuel, “God with us.” Open our eyes to realize this each day as we interact with others. Help us to be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as you forgave us. Show us creative ways to love and care for those outside our home. Fill us to overflowing with your love for the lost. Teach us to do acts of kindness to those who are in need at this time of year. May our family be a refreshment and light to others. We ask you to touch with salvation those in our family who do not know you. Open their hearts to your great love for them. Help us to share your Truth and be your light. You are the Savior of the world.
We love your Word and choose to make it central in our family life. Your Word is alive and active – it’s sharper than any double-edged sword – It judges the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts. We long to align ourselves spiritually with you and your Word every day. We want to pray your Word with your authority and with greater faith and obedience in our lives as we approach this New Year. We rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. We meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. We delight in your decrees. We will not neglect your Word. Open our eyes that we may see wonderful things in your law. We run in the path of your commands, for you have set our hearts free.
Lord, we want to be passionate about the things you are passionate about. Help each member of our family to be a student of the Bible. Teach us to pray your Word out loud in our family devotions in such a way that we see mighty spiritual breakthroughs in our home, friends, school, and workplace. Help us declare prophetic promises and decrees from your Word. We want to experience the life-giving power of your Word on a daily basis in our family. Show us truth in your Word, and bring it to life through our prayers. Open the eyes of our hearts that we may be enlightened in order to know the hope to which you have called us, the riches of our glorious inheritance in you and your incomparable great power.
Received: December 5, 2018
Prayer for Religious Freedom
O God our Creator, from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the gospel to every corner of society.
We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the right of your church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O Heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome – for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us – this great land will always be "One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
(St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church)