Pray for me

Discussion in 'Prayer requests' started by Ananchal, Nov 17, 2021.

  1. Byron

    Byron Powers

    I know how you feel. It’s terrible to feel such despair. You just need to be strong and gracious enough to get through it. The Rosary helps to prepare us to meet and withstand sudden and unexpected attacks. Prayers for you.
  2. padraig

    padraig Powers

    Prayers at Mass and at the Shrine this Morning. I suspect you are under severe attack from the devil.

    Ephesians 6:10-18

    The Armor of God
    10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

    18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
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  3. josephite

    josephite Powers

    Oh Padraig,
    these words of St Paul, are so powerful, and I believe we must put this amour on daily after our morning offering. Interestingly, the old evil one, always tries to stop us from doing this, he gives us so many excuses, he explains away the need for this protection and he especially tries to discount our efforts when we pray on all occasions.

    I can not tell you of the countless attacks he mounts each day as I pray.
    However due to Gods grace I have remained faithful to daily prayer and to trying to pray at all times.

    I spend about half an hour each day on my knees in prayer before the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart pictures in my home, however the evil one attacks me for these prayers and every other prayer I pray.
    Below are some tactics the evil one uses to discourage me from praying, when I'm kneeling and contemplating, when I am working, conversing with my husband or others, walking, driving, doing the dishes, etc.

    * You are so sinful (I'm shown, am aware of the sins of my past or present) do you think God actually hears your prayers, you are a laughing stock because you fool yourself daily, wake up and realise God does not care for you, because you are so sinful.

    * What are you doing invoking God when you are supposed to be having a conversation with your husband, don't you trust yourself, why call on God, aren't you good enough, perhaps God has made you so defective that you need Him to function? but where is your freedom?

    * You've just woken up, you can't even think straight, why not wait until your brain is unscrambled after a coffee to start prayer, your morning prayers on waking mean nothing to God.

    *what do you think you are doing? As if God will hear your prayers while you are doing the dishes, look at you! you are not even kneeling. This really amounts to sacrilege, you are a sacrilegious person, showing so much disregard for God.

    * you're so sinful, why don't you find a church to pray instead of praying as you drive to your mothers/daughters place, isn't God first?

    I sometimes find these attacks laughable and they give me more resolve.

    I am so grateful for St Theresa of Avila for imparting to us how the devil would attack her. She states that the evil one would tell her that the prayers she prayed while using the ladies room were disgusting to God, but she quipped back and said "my prayers go up to God and everything that goes down is for you"
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  4. padraig

    padraig Powers

    Yes, as Saint Peter tells us he really is like a Lion who roams the world seeking whom to devour. It reminds me of a pack of wolves who wander all over a farmers property looking for a weak spot. ..and he is very good at this..

    My own belief is that just as all of us have a special Guardian Angel (s) so we have our own special demon(s ) who track us right from birth, assigned from hell whose one purpose is to drag us off to hell. Also I believe when we die we will be in the same Choir in Heaven as our Guardian Angel. Right alongside them.

    On the other hand if when we die we are damned it will be in the same depths of Hell as our Personally assigned Demon whose special role will be to torment us for all Eternity.

    A nice thought to cheer you up.:):)

    On the other hand as my Spiritual Director (who was an Exorcist) used to say to me, if you aren't bothering him any he won't be bothering you any.:)

    Also he said to me one time when the devil was in a bad mood with me, 'Take it as a compliment!'

    It was he who gave me the words of St Paul in Ephesians as a wonderful protective aid. Another one from the Psalms, which is a very ,very powerful prayer indeed.:

    Psalm 68

    May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him. As smoke is blown away by the wind, may you blow them away; as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God. ... A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.

    It is a very good sign indeed when you can discern these attacks so clearly, So very few people ever do.

    ..and , 'If you weren't bothering him any, he wouldn't be bothering you any!'

    Teach them to estimate the value of each prayer by their success in producing the desired feeling; and never let them suspect how much success or failure of that kind depends on whether they are well or ill, fresh or tired, at the moment.
    C.S. Lewis

    The Screwtape Letters
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  5. padraig

    padraig Powers

    I will tell you one good place to observe the Devil attacking quite directly in another person and that is in the Death Process or someone on their Death bed. Talk to someone who has been told that they are going to die in six months and it won't be too long to see the Devil circling their Wagons. Especially with Discouragement.

    But of course another occasion is at certain times in the Spiritual Life.

    You have to hand it to the Demons though , they are totally, totally indefagible, they never rest, not for a second and are always, always up to something or other. Never a second's rest with them.
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  6. PurpleFlower

    PurpleFlower Powers

    Oh my goodness, I love St. Teresa of Avila so much! I can't tell you how many times I've been tempted not to pray in the ladies room because I thought it might be disrespectful... I will forever remember this quote!

    The devil usually attacks me by telling me I'm neglecting my kids by praying. That's a tough one for me. Also several years ago I began praying the rosary three times a day slowly on my knees (this was back when i went to work and had quiet times there perfect for praying the rosary). Well one day I noticed strange bumps/swellings on ny knees and scattered over my shins. I was terrified. They remained for a few weeks and I thought I had cancer! I went to the doc and she didn't know what it was but ruled out cancer. I'm ashamed to say I wondered if perhaps I was putting too much strain on my legs by kneeling for the rosary 3 times a day, so I stopped praying on my knees...and the bumps went away. I always felt uneasy about that. I've suspected it was the devil, because once I stopped praying on my knees it soon broke me of the 3-rosary habit and i went down to once daily.

    Now I pray on my knees in my prayer closet and I do get attacked with the thought "What if those lumps come back on my legs?" from time to time.
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