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PRAYERS FOR HEALING and Other Beautiful Prayers

The Sound of Jesus' Voice

“My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27 (MSG)
I love the sounds of my family’s voices. I couldn’t wait until my kids began talking so I could hear the unique tones of their chirpy child-chatter.
While I have to admit I’m not thrilled when those sounds fizzle into whining, and I relish the quiet after my young ones and their vocalization are put to bed for the night, I adore the tones I recognize as Paxton’s and Calianne’s. And my husband’s voice is home to me, the one I waited thirty years to hear for the rest of my life.
I also love knowing that Jesus recognizes their voices and mine from among the gazillions He knows throughout the millennia. This morning I’m wondering what Jesus’ voice sounds like. Words that come to mind include peaceful, strong, gentle, firm, confident, reassuring, soothing, healing, convicting, heavenly, hope, final... forever.
When He worships His heavenly Father, surely it’s more breathtaking than anything my mind can conceive. He wants us to know His voice from among the others that call to us. He spoke of His followers not just knowing His voice, but trusting it enough to follow, like sheep with their shepherd. We trust because we know the Person behind the voice. Do you recognize Jesus speaking to you?
Consider the effects of His voice in comparison with others. If what you’re hearing is confusion, it isn’t His because He is Lord of peace and order (1 Corinthians 14:33, nasb, ESV). If you’re hearing condemnation, that isn’t from Him either, because He convicts His followers in order to grow us, whereas Satan criticizes to destroy (John8:42–47; 1 Peter 5:8). Fear? Not Jesus’ voice either, because He is perfect love who drives out fear (1 John 4:18). I pray Jesus will help me hear accurately.
Faith step: Make a list of several effects of God’s voice and then a list of corresponding but opposite effects of Satan’s voice (ex: God’s voice soothes; Satan’s voice panics; comforts vs. worries; leads vs. pushes; forgives vs. accuses).

Prayer for Spiritual Healing

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me and for calling me to come closer to you;
Thank you for never giving up on me even if I have often strayed away from you.
For the many times you have been faithful to your promises despite all
my unfaithfulness, sins, failures, and weaknesses.
Thank you for your concern for my spiritual life and for planting in
me this desire to draw closer to you.
Thank you for your healing mercy and forgiveness for the many ways
I have offended you in my thoughts, words and actions.
I come before you now with a humble heart asking, seeking, knocking and
hoping to experience your loving healing presence.
I come seeking healing for many times of prayerlessness due to laziness
or giving higher priority to my other interests and activities.
Heal me for the times I have depended on my own efforts
or the efforts of others and disregard you.
For the times I was blinded by my self-centeredness and many
worldly concerns and easily gave in to temptations.
Search me, O God, and help me see the areas in my life that need
your healing love and mercy.
Create in me a clean heart.
Give me the grace to put you as first priority in my life at all times
and to turn away from sin or occasions and influences that lead to sin.
Teach me to pray and give me the desire to pray as often as I can.
Lift me up when my prayer seems dry and empty when I feel
as though my prayers are not being heard.
Strengthen me with patience and perseverance when trials
and obstacles make me feel like giving up.
Guide me in the right path that leads only to you.
And dearest Lord, draw me near to you always, and let my spirit
be filled with your power and healing presence.
I pray these in Jesus’ name through Mary and all the angels and saints.Amen.

ear Lord of Mercy and Father of Comfort,
You are the One I turn to for help in moments of weakness and times of need. I ask you to be with your servant in this illness. Psalm 107:20 says that you send out your Word and heal. So then, 
Comfort my poor soul distressed
Come and dwell within my breast,
My Saviour, Jesus, come to me.
With all my heart I long for Thee,
Most firmly I believe in Thee,
Most truthfully I hope in Thee,
Most ardently I love Thee.
Then, come, O Jesus
Come to me.

Prayer for Vocations 1

O God, Who wills not the death of a sinner, but rather that he be converted and live, grant, we beseech Thee through the intercessions of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin and all the Saints an increase of laborers for Thy Church, fellow laborers with Christ to spend and consume themselves for souls through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in Unity of the Holy Spirit world without end.
Prayer for Vocations 2
Holy and provident Father, You are the Lord of the vineyard and the harvest and You give each a just reward for their work. In Your design of love, You call men and women to work with You for the salvation of the world. We thank You for Jesus Christ, Your living Word, who has redeemed us from our sins and is among us to assist us in our poverty. Guide the flock to which You have promised possession of the Kingdom. Send new workers into Your harvest and set in the hearts of pastors faithfulness to Your plan of salvation, perseverance in their vocation and holiness of life.Christ Jesus, Who on the shores of the Sea of Galilee called the apostles, and made them the foundation of the Church and bearers of Your Gospel, in our day, sustain Your people on its journey. Give courage to those whom You call to follow You in the priesthood and the consecrated life, so that they may enrich God’s field with the wisdom of Your Word. Make them docile instruments of Your love in everyday service of their brothers and sisters.Spirit of Holiness, Who pour out Your gifts on all believers and, especially, on those called to be Christ’s ministers, help young people to discover the beauty of the divine call. Teach them the true way of prayer, which is nourished by the Word of God. Help them to read the signs of the times, so as to be faithful interpreters of Your Gospel and bearers of salvation.Mary, Virgin who listened and Virgin of the Word made flesh in Your womb, help us to be open to the Word of the Lord, so that, having been welcomed and meditated upon, it may grow in our hearts. Help us to live like You the beatitudes of believers and to dedicate ourselves with unceasing charity to evangelizing all those who seek Your Son. Grant that we may serve every person, becoming servants of the Word we have heard, so that remaining faithful to it we may find our happiness in living it.
The Serenity Prayer 

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

Prayer for one's Family

O Jesus, our Lord and our brother! We recommend our family and all that is ours to Your protection; we confide all to Your love. Fill our house with blessings, even as You filled the holy house of Nazareth with Your presence; before all else, keep sin far from it. Do You alone reign by Your law, by Your most holy love, and by the exercise of every Christian virtue. Let all of us obey You, love You, and study how to copy in our own lives Your example, that of Mary Your Mother, and that of Your blameless guardian, St. Joseph. Keep all evils and misfortunes far from us and our house, but grant that we may be ever in harmony with Your divine will, even in the sorrows which You send to us. Finally, grant us the grace to live in perfect harmony and in the fullness of charity toward our neighbor. Grant that every one of us may deserve by a holy life the comfort of Your holy sacraments at the hour of death.

Prayer for Travelers

O God You have given us a rough road to travel, but You have not left us alone. You guided our father, Abraham, through a sun-blazed and scorching desert to a land that was his only in promise, a land that he could lay claim to only by faith. You led Your chosen people, the forerunner of Your Church, away from a slave country to the land of promise, a land of promise, a land whose enjoyment was not easily won, whose fulfillment demanded the rigorous exercise of justice, the dangerous pursuit of freedom. You sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, accompanied by simply comprehending followers, on the Road to Jerusalem, where He dashed their hopes for an earthly kingdom by dying as a criminal on a cross. In His Resurrection and Glory is our only pledge of life. May Your Spirit move in us as we depart on our journeys to familiar places of work or study, to unknown regions of conflict or danger, to visit the sick, to seek needed relaxation. May He direct us in our quest for meaning, peace, and love. May Your Spirit breathe into us an effective desire to serve all whom we meet on our way to our eternal encounter with You. Strengthen us. Fill our eyes with hope, and our hearts with loving concern for our neighbor. Raise us up if we fall. Urge us on if we are tempted to stop, and welcome us at journey’s end with the fatherly embrace that You have reserved for all who faithfully seek to do Your Holy Will.

Prayer "Teach Us To Love"

Lord, we thank Thee for all the love
that has been given to us, for the love
of family and friends, and above all
 for Your love poured out upon us every
moment of our lives in steadfast glory.

Forgive our unworthiness. Forgive the
many times we have disappointed those
who love us, have failed them, wearied
them, saddened them.
Failing them we have failed You,
and hurting them we have wounded our Saviour who for love's sake died for us.
Lord, have mercy on us, and forgive.

You do not fail those who love you.
You do not change nor vary.
Teach us Your own constancy in love.
Your humility, selflessness and generosity.

Look in pity on our small and tarnished loving, protect, foster and strengthen it, that it may be less unworthy to be offered to
You and to Your children.
O Light of the world, teach us how to love.
Prayer for Decision-Making

Gracious God, it’s time. It’s time to make the hard decisions. Sometimes I’m scared, sometimes I’m confused and sometimes I just don’t want to believe I have to make a decision. Help me to trust You. Give me strength and wisdom so that whatever happens honors my loved one and You. Thank You for hearing me and answering my prayer.

Prayer "Good Morning Heavenly Father"

Thank You dear Lord, for protecting and preserving me during the night and for giving me this new day. Good Morning Heavenly Father, and thank You for the glory of the sun. And thank You for the health I have to get my duty done. I shall devote the the hours of this golden day to You, by honouring Your Holy Name in everything I do. I shall pursue my daily art without complaint or fear and spend my every effort to be friendly and sincere. I know there have been many days that I have wiled away. But this is one that I will try, to make Your special day. And so once more, Good Morning Heavenly Father. And please depend on me because I want to honour You for alleternity.

oly Spirit, and may you, Lord, be
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