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Prayer Against Depression

(By Fr. Michael Barry, SSCC)

Lord Jesus, I pray your help and grace in my life.  There are times when I wish I were not.  I want to run away, far away and hide.  I don’t want to be with anyone, anywhere anyhow.  I even feel that you have left me, but I know that even in my deepest anguish and fear, you are there, Lord, you know how I feel.  You too cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:47)  


Yet you trusted in your Father’s love.  You love me and have loved me even unto death.  Please be with me in this my Gethsemane time.  Let me embrace and accept the truth of my life before you, and that is that you first loved me.

Prayer For Healing Of The Soul

(By Babsie Bleasdell)

Father I lift up my soul to you.  Claim me for yourself, Lord.  Read down into my memory and remove any obstructions to your grace.  Reach down deep into my soul, into the substance of my body where I may have been wounded, and release me to your most powerful embrace where nothing is left untouched or undone.

Cover me, O Blessed Mother, with your mantle of grace and claim me for yourself, to be given to Jesus, holy and blameless.
O Magnificent Holy Spirit, uncover and release thought patterns of rebellion entrenched in my understanding which I may have used to survive.  Sweep down upon me with your anointing, O Holy Spirit, and immerse me in the Precious Blood so that any patterns of unlove will be erased and replaced by the sacrificial love poured out on the cross.  Pour love in abundance into my memory, understanding and will.

Lord Jesus Christ, by the power of the cross and the Precious Blood, I command every demonic spirit that attaches itself to me to be gone in Jesus’ Name; to leave me now, quietly and without disruption, and be disposed of at the foot of the cross.  And Blessed Lord, as I begin to feel a newness within me that leaves me unsure and puzzled, walk in, march in, and fill every crevice of my soul with the felt sense and knowledge that I am a child of the King.  Fill every crevice with a new substance of love and acceptance of who I am.

As the walls of Jericho come tumbling down, may the quiet walls of the light of your Holy Spirit, assure me that it is okay to be male/female, to be ___________ in this world.

Shed your light, shed your love, Lord.  Let the skin I shed be released, cut away so that nothing will impede my response to your embrace, for you are my true Father.  Thank you O Shepherd of Shepherds for hearing my prayer.  Amen.

Prayer for Inner Healing

By Fr. Michael Barry, SSCC

“May God grant you the knowledge to know your inner self.”   (Ephesians 3:16)

Let us pray.  Oh Lord, you probed me and you know me.  Grant me the grace to let you into the attics and cellars of my life.  Help me to stop fooling myself and living up to other people’s expectations.  Let me be honest with myself and with you.  In that place of nowhere, be with me, Lord, you know me through and through.  Let me not be afraid to accept myself in my brokenness and failure.  You accept me as I am and who I am.  I pray, Lord Jesus, that I can see with your eyes and not my own.  Jesus, take me as I am into your love.  Amen.

Prayer for Inner Healing II

By Fr. Michael Barry, SSCC

Lord Jesus, you came to heal our wounded and troubled hearts.  I beg you to heal the torments that cause anxiety in my heart; I beg you, in a particular way, to heal all who are the cause of sin.  I beg you to come into my life and heal me from the psychological harms that struck me in my early years and from the injuries that they caused throughout my life.  

Lord Jesus, You know my burdens.  I lay them all on your Good Shepherd’s Heart.  I beseech you – by the merits of the great, open wound in your heart – to heal the small wounds that are in mine.  Heal the pain of my memories, so that nothing that has happened to me will cause me to remain in pain and anguish, filled with anxiety.

Heal, O Lord, all those wounds that have been the cause of all the evil that is rooted in my life.  I want to forgive all those who have offended me.  Look to those inner sores that make me unable to forgive.  You who came to forgive the afflicted of heart, please, heal my own heart.

Heal, my Lord Jesus, those intimate wounds that cause me physical illness.  I offer you my heart.  Accept it, Lord, purify it and give me the sentiments of your Divine Heart.  Help me to be meek and humble.

Heal me, O Lord, from the pain caused by the death of my loved ones, which is oppressing me.  Grant me to regain peace and joy in the knowledge that you are the Resurrection and the Life.  Make me an authentic witness to your Resurrection, your victory over sin and death, your living presence among us.  Amen.

Healing from Inner Vows

(By Angie Lake)

Our goal as God’s holy people is to unite our will with the will of the Father (we pray this in the Lord’s Prayer and in the way He taught us – Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven!)

That seems pretty simple – except at times we make an Inner Vow that sets us against the will of God.  It closes us off to God’s mercy in that area of our life because we have taken our will and said:  “I will not……”  whatever statement we make.  Or, we could say, “I will never…..”    Often times, it is “I will never forgive that…..I can forgive anything, but I can’t forgive that!”

“I will never be like……” and we try not to be, but we have closed ourselves off to God’s mercy in that area because we have taken control rather than letting God have control.

A possible way to describe what an Inner Vow does is by describing a train track – this is pretty easy for me to imagine because my daddy was a railroader and was responsible for Maintenance of Way, meaning in charge of the tracks!  Well, when the tracks are laid down, they do not curve all over the place, they go straight through an area…..When we make an Inner Vow, we place ourselves on a track of our will, and no matter if we try to change, we cannot, until we break that Inner Vow.  The way to break Inner Vows is very simple.  We confess it as sin – Ask God to forgive us - and then reject it in the Name of Jesus from our life.  Then we pray that we may be in alignment with God’s will for our life and surrender to His mercy and grace.

Perhaps you may know of someone in your generations that made an Inner Vow – if that is the case – pray that the healing waters of Baptism flow back into the generations to cleanse all areas of the generations from the blockage of Inner Vows made that may affect your life or life of your descendants.

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