In a world of sorrows and sufferings, seeing the Face of Christ may be found very difficult; because to recognize God’s Presence in everything entails a lot of FAITH.

FAITH to see God’s vision that sufferings lead to salvation!
FAITH to hear God’s message in every pains and sorrows!
FAITH to touch God’s tenderness for the Last, the Least, and the Lost!
FAITH to smell the incense of all trials which is transformed if offered to God!
Faith to taste the goodness of God and be a prophet of hope to others!

PERSONAL FREEDOM PRAYER

“For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of [Jesus] Christ.”
(2 Corinthians 4:6)

I believe that Jesus is the Son of God. He has come in the flesh. I confess that He died for me on Calvary. I believe that He died and rose in three days. I confess that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior, conquering sin and death in my life. I am new person in Christ Jesus made righteous through Christ righteousness. I accept this truth through grace that my freedom cannot be earned but comes through Jesus. [Please take a moment to confess to God any sins that you have committed in your life].

Jesus, I confess, and I believe that because of the blood you sacrificed on the cross I am forgiven, and I accept your forgiveness as a free gift. I also forgive every person who has done something to hurt me or harm me, just as Jesus has forgiven me I chose to forgive them {Please take a moment to name and forgive anyone that might have hurt you}. I believe that God sent the Holy Spirit into the World. That my body is a place where the Holy Spirit lives. That I can come to the Father, God through Jesus. I believe that I am child of God created in His image, and the devil has no place in my life or power over me.

I take a stand against every lie the devil has spoken to me and over me, and I refuse to believe every lie he would tell me. I take back every piece of ground I have given him, break every contact I ever made with him, and close every area I have ever opened to him, whether I allowed it to be opened or they were left or forced open unknowingly. I come against every stronghold that he has constructed in my life [ex: fear, worry, anxiety, doubt, insecurity, abandonment, self-hatred, guilt, shame]. I confess that every thought has to be obedient to Christ. I believe the Bible gives me the will of God. I believe what the Bible says, “that I am called a child of God” 1 John 3:1, Romans 8:16-17 and I claim it over my life.

I claim my freedom and accept it in Jesus’ name. I thank God for my Freedom.

[Credit to prayer for freedom.com]

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

“LORD, hear my prayer; let my cry come to you. Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.” [Psalms 102:2-3]

PRAYERS FOR THE VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Our Creator, You remain compassionate and merciful. You continue to shower us with grace which we sometimes forget to recognize. We humbly ask for Your forgiveness each time we fail to see Your goodness.

As we offer You our unending gratitude for the numerous blessings You bestow upon us, we pray for the protection of all victims who are suffering from human trafficking. We plead You to give them the strength to overcome their misery and the courage to fight for freedom. We plead You to grant them the promise of healing and the hope of a better future.

We pray for the families, friends, and love ones of the trafficked victims. Take away their fear and hopelessness so that they may fervently support the victims in overcoming their terrors. We pray for those who profit from the exploitation of other people. Remove all traces of selfishness in their hearts and amplify the voice of their conscience so that they may change their ways.

We pray for the end of human trafficking and all forms of exploitation and abuse. Let no one take away the gift of life, love, and laughter from every person in the world. Amen.

PRAYER FOR THE DEFENDERS AND PROTECTORS
OF TRAFFICKED VICTIMS

Our Creator, Your magnificence surrounds us. We thank you for letting us experience You splendor in everything You made, in all forms of life, and in all types of love, especially in the selfless kind of love that resides in the hearts of all those who persistently offer their time, energy, and talents to protect and defend the victims of human trafficking. Assist them in their endeavor and shower them with [fortitude], wisdom and perseverance to continue their battle.

We ask You to strengthen the integrity of leaders in government. Instill in them the determination to bring justice for all trafficked victims. Guide [all individuals and organizations who fight for the cause of human trafficking] and make them zealous in taking action against exploitation and abuse.

Give us all the priceless ability to spread love to everyone. Amen.

[Credit to Asia Against Child Trafficking]

BROKEN FAMILIES

“They will look upon His Face,* and His name will be on their foreheads.” [Revelation 22:4]

PRAYER OF DEDICATION TO THE HOLY FAMILY

JESUS, MARY, AND JOSEPH, with complete confidence, we entrust our family to You. Make our home a place of prayer and peace, a place of love and kindness, just like Your home at Nazareth. Watch over each of us and protect us from every danger. Keep us close to You and to each other. Amen.

CALAMITY

“If I close heaven so that there is no rain, if I command the locust to devour the land, if I send pestilence among my people, if then my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and heal their land. Now, therefore, my eyes shall be open and my ears attentive to the prayer of this place; now I have chosen and consecrated this house that my name may be there forever; my eyes and my heart shall be there always.”
[2 Chronicles 7:13-16]

PRAYER IN TIME OF CALAMITY

God, our Father,in faith, we acknowledge your care for us, your children. In hope, we trust in your divine providence to give us wisdom and courage as we face the challenges of life. In love, we invoke your help and guidance during these difficult days of death and destruction in our land.

Grant eternal peace to those who lost their lives. Embrace the children who died in their innocence. Console those who are grieving. Help those who are hurt and cure those who are sick. Encourage those who suffer the destruction of their homes and properties as they rise from the ruins and rebuild their future. Bless all those who extend a helping hand to those in need of food, shelter and clothing, and provide an assuring presence to those who are lost and confused.

At your command the wind and the seas obey, raise your hand Almighty God and spare us from other natural disasters. Teach us to be responsible stewards of your creation. At this time of crisis, move us to share more and to love more. Let the Holy Spirit renew our land and people. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Mary, Our Mother of hope, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.
San Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.
Blessed Jose Maria de Manila, pray for us.

[Credit to Archdiocese of Manila]

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

ORATIO IMPERATA 

Almighty Father, We raise our hearts to You in gratitude, for the wonders of creation of which we are part, for Your providence in sustaining us in our needs, and for Your wisdom that guides the course of the universe.

We acknowledge our sins against You and the rest of Your creation. We have not been good stewards of nature. We have confused Your command to subdue the earth. The environment is made to suffer our wrongdoing, and now we reap the harvest of our abuse and indifference.

Global warning is upon us. Typhoons, floods, volcanic eruption, and other natural calamities occur in the increasing number and intensity.

We turn to you, our loving Father, and beg forgiveness for our sins. We ask that we, our loved ones and our hard earned possessions be spared from the threat of calamities, natural and man-made.

We beseech You to inspire us all to grow into responsible stewards of Your creation, and generous neighbors to those in need. Amen