These are the Seven Most Powerful Prayers in History

We all face extraordinary circumstances from time to time. We have been advised to handle these times by seeking God in prayer and fasting, to be especially attentive to his words, and the working of the Holy Spirit. If we are receptive to his will, God will provide for our needs and see us though anything.

In such circumstances, we do well to focus on the most powerful prayers given to us by our forebears. For extraordinary times, here are the seven most powerful prayers in history.

These prayers have the potential to change lives. Some have even changed entire nations. As you pray, consider the power each of these prayers has, and the changes they can make in your life, should you take them to heart.

Our Father

This is the quintessential Christian prayer, given to us by Jesus Christ Himself. It suffices as an all occasion prayer that hits all the bases. It acknowledges God’s greatness, it invites God’s will, it petitions God for our needs, and requests pardon as we pledge to forgive.

 

“Our Father, Who art in Heaven, 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. Amen.”

 

Hail Mary

This prayer is remarkable because it is dedicated to the Queen of Heaven, Mary, whose intercession is especially powerful. This remarkably simple prayer has few elements, but all are taken from scripture. It praises Mary, and asks for her intercession. It is short, so it can be easily memorized and quickly spoken, and is the backbone of the devotion of the Rosary, which is easily the world’s most powerful devotion. With countless miracles and conversions to its credit, the Hail Mary is an extraordinary composition.

“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 Amen.”

 

The Prayer of Jabez

This is a life changing prayer. It’s often overlooked because it is buried deep in an Old Testament genealogy and refers to a person who wrote no books. It was written down by Ezra, the author of 1 Chronicles. The prayer is a petition, asking God for a blessing of abundance and protection.

“Jabez called on the God of Israel. ‘If you truly bless me,’ he said, ‘you will extend my lands, your hand will be with me, you will keep harm away and my distress will cease.’ God granted him what he had asked” (1 Chronicles 4:10)

Jonah’s Prayer for Salvation

We all face distress. Jonah found himself in the belly of the leviathan, and from this place of utter despair and hopelessness, he cried for salvation. How often do we find ourselves already in the belly of the beast? Yet, even from this place we can cry out to the Lord and still He saves us!

“3 Out of my distress I cried to Yahweh and he answered me, from the belly of Sheol I cried out; you heard my voice!

4 For you threw me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the floods closed round me. All your waves and billows passed over me;

5 then I thought, ‘I am banished from your sight; how shall I ever see your holy Temple again?’

6 The waters round me rose to my neck, the deep was closing round me, seaweed twining round my head.

7 To the roots of the mountains, I sank into the underworld, and its bars closed round me for ever. But you raised my life from the Pit, Yahweh my God!

8 When my soul was growing ever weaker, Yahweh, I remembered you, and my prayer reached you in your holy Temple.

9 Some abandon their faithful love by worshipping false gods,

10 but I shall sacrifice to you with songs of praise. The vow I have made I shall fulfil! Salvation comes from Yahweh!”

(Jonah 2:3-9)

David’s Prayer for Deliverance — Pursued by his own brother, David prayed for God to deliver him from his enemies. It seems most of us have enemies who out of a twisted sense of justice, or perhaps out of evil, they seek to destroy us. Instead of seeking mercy and common accord, they believe they can only be satisfied with our downfall. When faced with such evil, we can ask God to protect us.

“1 Yahweh, how countless are my enemies, how countless those who rise up against me,

2 how countless those who say of me, ‘No salvation for him from his God!

3 But you, Yahweh, the shield at my side, my glory, you hold my head high.

4 I cry out to Yahweh; he answers from his holy mountain.

5 As for me, if I lie down and sleep, I shall awake, for Yahweh sustains me.

6 I have no fear of people in their thousands upon thousands, who range themselves against me wherever I turn.

7 Arise, Yahweh, rescue me, my God! You strike all my foes across the face, you break the teeth of the wicked.

8 In Yahweh is salvation, on your people, your blessing!”

(Psalm 3)

 

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

There are few words the devil must hate to hear as much as these. Saint Michael is the defender of all faithful, and his sword is swift and keen. When confronted with evil, these words invoke St. Michael’s protection and invite his incredible intercession.

Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

 

Jesus at Gethsemane

This prayer is perhaps the simplest, yet most profound prayer one can recite. Spoken by Jesus, it demonstrates how we must accept God’s will, even when we don’t like it. By accepting the will of God, we can be transfigured. Sometimes, the cup comes to us, thy will be done.

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me. Nevertheless, let your will be done, not mine.”

(Luke 22:42)

17 Comments

  • beena says:

    O LORD JESUS & MOTHER MARY,please pray for me & our family & forgive us protect us from evils & bless us all through t year to my family children,friends & needy, please relieve us from our pains & keep us smileing from your blessings….AMEN

  • Cindy says:

    Oh God as I read your powerful prayers. My heart cried out to you.
    Please protect my family from all kinds of evil.
    I’m so lonely. I am so lost. So unhappy.
    Pray that my son soon finds employment. That his boss (Patrick Robinson)will call him
    back to work soon.

  • GERALD says:

    O blessed virgin Mary we thank thee for your intercession on us, we acknowledge your Mercy,love, protection. O mother of perpetual help,holy mother,mother of heaven, mother of the world we ask thee to continue with your lovable protection and intercession so as to be with you on the last day on Earth. Amen Jesus I love you Mary I honor you.

  • Michael says:

    Lovely prayers.

  • MAila armas says:

    Have Mercy On Us, My Lord and My God.

  • My dear Jesus, have mercy on us. Hear my prayer tonight,bless us with your compassion and healing. Holy Mary Mother of God pray for us. Marg.

  • suzi says:

    How can anyone pray “and lead us not into temptation…”?? God leads nobody into temptation. ” And forgive us our sins as we forgive ….” So, God must do because we do? It is the other way around.

  • Amanda says:

    Holy Mary Mother of God pray for us sinners. I pray for my children, protect them from all earth’s evils, bless them in all what thy ask for, and keep them away from sin. Mother of the church, I pray that all that is said evil about my name and my doings let it parish into thin air and bless all those in Jesus name, amen

  • Matts Saji says:

    Excellent Post Thank You – Praise The Holy Trinity

  • Rosemary onuelu says:

    Jesus I love you ,all I have is yours ,yours I am and yours I want to be do with me whatever you will.Great mother of God continue to intercedes and pray for we your children.we love mother and our lord jusus Christ your son .

  • Mary Hunter says:

    Jesus, mercy; Mary help!

  • Carl John Hendricks says:

    Lord Jesus help me in this hour of pain bring back my wife into my life fill her heart with love for me for the sake of our children Lord Jesus Mother Mary help me in my financial needs praise be the good lord

  • MARISA Fernandez says:

    LORD, help me all my needs especially my financial situation,,,, my relationship with Ian,,, and thank you for all the blessings…. in Jesus name … amen 🙏

  • maribel m. cacap says:

    Lord thank you for your protection and guidance ,please help us in our financial problems.

  • Anthony says:

    Dear God our father please help your children who seek your help on here , and also around the world. Please pray for love ,peace & happiness through out the world in Jesus name , Amen ❤

  • Magda Mclean says:

    God father please help my two boys. Peace and happiness in all that they do in their work . Help them in what tjey are trying to accomplished bless them and keep them safe from trouble cover them with your blood. In Jesus name i pray Amen. Thank you God love you.

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