BEHOLD THE POWER OF PRAYER!
God does hear our prayers, even when we think He isn't listening (Isaiah 38:5.... I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears...). There is a spiritual battle that is going on that we can only see the effects of, but while you are praying, angels are ministering, Jesus is interceding and God IS listening and responding. God is eager to answer our prayer. Consider Daniel 9:20-23 "...while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel... being caused to fly swiftly, reached me..... 22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. 23 At the beginning of your supplications the command went out..." God heard Daniels prayer and as soon as Daniel started praying, at the beginning of his prayer before he could even finish, God had commanded Gabriel to fly swiftly and respond... that's how eager God is to answer prayer! And Jesus is always interceding our best interest to God on our behalf. Jesus prayed especially for you...if you want to know what Jesus' prayer for you was read John 17. The entire chapter is a prayer JUST FOR YOU, to keep you from evil, and to keep you for Himself, in God's love and protection. I know from experience that Satan absolutely hates this prayer, and it is my opinion that this is the best, most perfect prayer ever prayed.... Jesus praying from his Holy Heart FOR YOU. Have faith and don't ever doubt His Power, His Love, His Sacrifice and His intercession for you.
If you have never prayed, or you arent sure what to say, speak to God like you would to anyone else, God knows what you are trying to say from your heart, even before you speak the words. Also someone once asked Jesus how we should pray... and Jesus responded with The Lord's Prayer, teaching us how to pray. You can find that prayer below along with some other helpful prayers. Try to remember them by reciting them often, burn them into your mind and let God write them upon your heart. They are helpful and powerful when under spiritual attack.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father,Who art in Heavean,
Hallowed be Thy name,
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,
on earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but, deliver us from evil,
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power
and the Glory, Forever and ever.
The following two prayers have caused some contraversy. First of all, the word prayer means to ask, to beseech, to request. Many believe that we should pray only to God. We are to pray directly to God, but nowhere in the Bible does God tell us to pray only to Him. We ARE to worship God ONLY, but prayer in itself is not worship, it's fellowship. As believers and the body of Christ, we are fellow citizens and members of God's kingdom, along with His saints and angels, and ONLY through Jesus Christ are we adopted into God's kingdom. As fellow citizens we are to have fellowship with one another. To tell the Saints and Angels we don't need them or want them is unbiblical, every member needs every other member ( 1 Cor 12: 12-26). Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Daniel, David, Mary, Peter, Paul, all the Saints of the Bible who are now in Heaven with our Lord, are there the same as our personal familial loved ones. They were all human beings like us who walked this earth the same as us, but with a love,devotion and obedience to God, that we too should have. When we speak (pray) to them we are having fellowship with them, a great privelage that we would not have without Jesus Christ. When we speak to them we are not speaking to the dead, they are the living and they do hear us. Death does not seperate us. The problem is that we see them as 'bible characters' and we lose touch with the fact that they are family members. And who would not want to speak to Mary, the mother of our Savior and thank her for her obedience, for the love and care and all the motherly pains and sacrifices she made in raising our Lord and Savior? No ordinary person could have taken on such a task, and we should hold her in high esteem and reverence, but not worship her. Hail Mary is a prayer of honor and humility, it's not worship. St Michael is God's appointed General over His army of angels, and the one God has appointed to battle evil and defeat Satan. St. Michael's Prayer is simply letting him know that we are under attack and need him to keep doing his job for us. How many times have you asked a friend or loved one to pray for you? How many churches have a prayer list? It is no different in asking the same from our fellow citizens in Heaven. When we can fellowship and commune with believers here on earth as well as those also in Heaven, we experience the fullness of a privelage given to us only through God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son of God, and God's Holy Spirit. John 17: 20-21 (Jesus praying) Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
ST MICHAEL'S PRAYER
St Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle,
be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray.
And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host,
by the Divine Power of God,
cast into hell, Satan and all evil spirits
who roam throughout the world, seeking the ruin of souls.
Hail Mary, full of grace, The Lord is with thee,
Blessed are thou among women and
Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Healing Prayer for the Body and Soul
Lord Jesus, if You will it, You can heal my soul and my body. Jesus, have mercy upon me and have mercy upon all those who are now praying to You. Look at my wounds, O Jesus. Heal them O Lord and send upon me Your Holy Spirit.
Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You are truly here now. I trust in You and I love You above all else. I ask You to bless me and to bless this place. Grant me the gift of prayer. With Your Sacred Blood wash me of my sins. Free me from fear and remove from me everything which stands in my way to You.
Lord Jesus, You have promised to send upon us the Holy Spirit to teach us. Come O most Holy Spirit and fill me with Your strength. Come and teach me. Come and enlighten me. Jesus, may the power of Your Holy Spirit work in us and in the Church and may it make all things new. Lord Jesus, at this moment I present to You all of my past. Into Your hands I give to You my entire life and everything in it from the moment of my conception.
You know best all of the inadequacies which remain in me from my parents and grandparents. Heal them O Lord. I thank You for my mother and father. I forgiveve them everything and I askYou to forgive them each even the least of their lack of love towards me. Save them all and bring them into heaven so that they may rejoice with You.
Jesus, in complete trust and confidence in You, my God and my Savior, I give You all of my future. I do not know what awaits me in life, but You do. Lead me Lord.
At this moment, I bring You my present so that it too may belong only to You. I surrender to You my spirit, my soul and my body, my reason and will, my heart and my blood, my feelings and all of my mental abilities.
Please receive all of my work and rest, my successess and failures, my plans and justifiable desires, my habits and all my dependencies. I ask You to recieve and to grant all of my prayers and good intentions into alignment with Your will.
Jesus, I give to You all of my sins from childhood to today. I am sorry my Jesus, for having sinned so often thus offending You my God. You know that I am weak and sinful. I sincerely repent for each of my sins.
Now here before You, I renounce all sin, all bad thoughs, words and deeds. I renounce all lack of faith, grumbling, cursing, immorality and lack of friendship. I renounce the occult, fortune telling, acts of magic and all fear.
Jesus, thank You for hearing my prayer. Thank You for loving me and for desiring to help me. Thank you for accepting me just as I am. Thank You for knowing that I want to be different and that I desire to live as You want me to live. With the strength of Your grace, I accept this llife, O Jesus, and thank God for each gift. I ask You for forgiveness for not always having accepted life and that what life had brought me in accordance with Your desires. I was angry and rebelled. I do not desire to be likethis anymore and I ask for Your help. I accept myself as I truly am. I forgive myself all that which I was not able to forgive myself up to now. You know of all those difficult and agonizing moments of life. You have forgiven me everything and that is why I forgive myself. From now on I desire to live in the light of faith and in the ambiance of Your grace. In this instance, I forgive everyone who has ever offended me, whether consciously or unconsiously. Forgive them please Jesus.
With living faith and complete trust, I pray to You Lord Jesus with Your most Sacred Blood cleanse me from all sin. Remove from me every insufficiency and everything that separates me from You. I ask You to free me from every sinful dependency, from every curse and damnation, free me from every sexual dependency, from demonic influences and chains. Free me from all works of magic, card reading, palm reading, superstitions and magic. Free me from idolatry and from all evil influences, from anger, from preoccupations of greater or lesser value. Free me from all temptation to criticize others and speak ill of them. Free me from tobacco dependency and excessive dependency on alcohol. Free me and heal me from every sinful habit.
Jesus, You are my great Brother. You are my God and Master. You are my best healer and doctor. You are the one who will never betray me.
Thank You for Your goodness and meekness. With living faith and complete trust I turn to You my good Jesus. Help my weak faith. Heal my lukewarm faith. Renew and amplify it. Grant me an endless trust and confidence in You. Give me that faith which You sought from Your contemporaries. Strengthen and make firm my hope. Grant that I may hope that You will be able to turn every negative situation into good. For I know that all things work together for good for them that love the Lord.
Enkindle the fire of Your Divine love in us towards You, Your Father and the Holy Spirit and towards our brothers and sisters. Grant that love may lead us in all our undertakings, our work and our life. Thank You Lord Jesus for having taken all of our sins, our illnesses and suffering upon yourself. In this way You have reconciled us with God and we are miraculously redeemed and saved through Your most Holy wounds. Even today, You heal and restore us with the strength of Your grace which You had earned for us through Your wounds.
Filled with faith and trust we pray to You to place Your Divine hand upon us and to heal our broken hearts. Place Your Holy hand on each of our wounds that hurt and torment us. Say just one word and every wound shall be healed. Just one word is sufficient. You are the Almighty God. Heal Lord Jesus my ailing body. Heal each wound on my suffering body. Through Your Holy Cross and Your Precious BLood which You shed for us, and through the power of Your Holy wounds, heal and cure our soul, our psyche and our spirit. Through the crown of thorns and the pain You have suffered, heal every ailment of the head, mind, spine and nerves. Place Your Divine hand on us and with Your Divine light and power heal every tumor and incurable illness. May all of the centers of my being which God has given me from the very beginning be set right. Touch my ears with Your fingers and heal them so that I may hear You and accept Your Word. Through Your wounds You suffered in the heands and the feet. Take from us all ailments of the joints, muscles and bones.
Jesus, just say one word and all of my sick limbs shall gain new strength. Extend Your hand and touch every sick part of my skin so that I may be cleansed and healed. May the water which flowed from Your side cleanse us and renew us. May it become a blessing. The gift of life that you have given us runs through our heart and veins. Lord Jesus, strengthen our heart, purify the blood and heal all blood ailments.
Thank You Jesus!