Powerful Catholic Prayer to Saint Martha the Sister of Mary and Lazarus

O blessed St. Martha,
your faith led Jesus to proclaim,
“I am the resurrection and the life”;
and faith let you see beyond his humanity when you cried out,
“Lord I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”
With firm hope you said,
I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him,
and Jesus called your brother Lazarus back from the dead.
With pure love for Jesus
you welcomed him into your home.
Friend and servant of our Savior,
I too am “troubled about many things.”

(Pause for silent prayer.)

Pray for me that I may grow in faith,
hope and love, and that Jesus,
who sat at your table,
will hear me and grant me a place
at the banquet of eternal life.

Amen.

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What is prayer?

Prayer is the lifting up of our minds and hearts to God.

Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to the Lord in the heavens. (Lamentations 3:41)

How do we know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly?

We know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly because Our Lord has promised: “If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you.”

And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, in order that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)

Why do we not always obtain what we pray for?

We do not always obtain what we pray for, either because we have not prayed properly or because God sees that what we are asking would not be for our good.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your passions. (James 4:3)

Prayer from the Baltimore Catechism