In order for you to make a prayer request to God, it’s imperative that you focus on putting together prayer intentions for your requests. Prayer intentions are something that can be simple. Perhaps you’ve found that you’re struggling in your faith and you simply want to put together a prayer for strength so that you can continue taking steps toward God. Prayer intentions can always be more complex. Perhaps you are struggling with a particularly difficult challenge in your life and you need to take your prayer intentions to the next level. Regardless of whether you’re praying for health or you have special prayers for the dead, you should always take comfort in the fact that God will hear these special prayer intentions.
We will print and place your prayer request on the Stone of Anointing; the place where Christ’ body was laid down after being removed from the crucifix and prepared for burial.
People You Can Include in Your Prayer Intentions
The amount of people that you can include in your prayer intentions is seemingly endless. You can request special prayers for your friends, family, or just for the peace of our world. Prayer intentions are a unique way that you can communicate your deepest desires to God. With faithful prayers, you can take comfort in the fact that God will always hear your pleas.
Holy People Who Can Inspire Your Prayer Intentions
Over the years, there have been countless powerful prayer warriors who can help to inspire you and your prayer intentions. Here are just a few examples of people that you can turn to when you need this type of inspiration:
- St. Jude
St. Jude prayer requests have become particularly powerful in the Catholic faith because he is known as the saint of hopeless causes. St. Jude was part of the original 12 apostles of Jesus Christ and he would go on to become a martyr for his faith. A prayer to St. Jude for a miracle can be:
St. Jude, you witnessed the healing power of our Lord Jesus. You saw His compassion for the sick and dying. You yourself touched the sick, shared the sorrows of the mournful, and encouraged the despairing. You received this authority and healing power to work wonders, to cure the incurable, to make people whole. We ask you to intercede with our brother, Jesus, to send His saving grace to heal the sickness and suffering of *insert your special intention*, to uplift his/her despondent spirit, and to instill hope in his/her heart. Amen.
- St. Bernadette
St. Bernadette is most closely associated with the Our Lady of Lourdes prayer request. In 1858 when she was just 14 years old, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her in a grotto in Lourdes, France. Since that time, countless people have traveled to this location to pay homage to our Lady and God. The Our Lady of Lourdes prayer for healing is as follows:
O ever-Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, health of the sick, refuge of sinners, comforter of the afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings; look with mercy on me. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary, whence you dispense your favors; and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with complete confidence to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain, O loving Mother, the grant of my requests. (mention your petition) Through gratitude for your favors, I will endeavor to imitate your virtues, that I may one day share your glory, and bless you in eternity. Amen.