Prayer Requests

Prayer Requests November 18, 2011

A reader writes:

My family just got an email from the old homestead in GA that one of our dear friend’s parents were killed in a car wreck yesterday.

This poor family has gone through complete hell over the past ten years and just when one thinks things get better, something like this happens. We feel so helpless since we’re not there. I ask that we lift this family up in prayers, please.

May the souls of these people find mercy, rest and peace in the light of your Presence, Father. And may those who mourn them find grace, peaace and strength in this trial. Mother Mary, pray for that family and all who love them. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen!

Another reader writes:

I’m sorry to have to impinge upon the generosity of your readers again, but could please ask them to pray that someone will hire me soon? I’ve had 3 interviews in the past 3 weeks and none of them resulted in employment, I did all the things one expects at interviews: I turned up early, did my best to ‘sell myself’, gave detailed answers to the questions they asked me and was polite and enthusiastic about working for the company even though all of the positions were temporary, I was even told by one of the interviewers that my interview technique couldn’t have been improved upon.

I just feel so miserable and disheartened and the advice given by some of my Catholic friends is actually quite condescending, they say “Jesus will take care it and give us what is best for us to become a saint”, fine advice when you and your spouse have relatively secure jobs, can afford a new kitchen and new pets but not when you’re having trouble getting your first job out of college and the constant rejection is starting to make you feel as if you’d be better off dead, especially when I’ve done everything the ‘market’ tells me to such as volunteer work, worked at an unpaid internship etc ect.

The only other voices I’m hearing are of the glen beck variety, “wall st is screwing the nation, you’re unemployed and claiming welfare? Get off your backside you lazy idler.

I’m really starting to question my faith as it seems to me that prayer has absoulutely no effect whatsoever, was Jesus lying when he said “Ask and it shall be given to you” ?

PS I’ve no delusions about walking into a job with a six figure salary straight out of collage I’m just looking for a job on the first rung on the employment ladder.

Christ crucified, we ask that you would come alongside your brother in this trial and help him to join his sufferings to yours, so that he may know the hope that his trial is not a waste and that his suffering, joined to yours, is doing others and himself eternal good. Father, we ask that you would grant him a good job swiftly, to the praise and glory of your Name. Mother Mary and St. Joseph the Worker, pray for him. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Another reader writes:

Way back in the heady days of July I asked for prayers that I pass the Bar exam and generally survive the process. I’m happy to report that I felt OK and rested during the test itself. Now results come out tomorrow. Obviously the decision has already been made by the state bar as to whether I passed or failed. However, continued prayers, especially for grace and perseverence if I failed, are very much appreciated. I’ve not felt this level and length of nervous anxiety in a very long time. On some level I feel as though I’m doubting my faith given that your readership so graciously prayed for me and I also received blessings from our monsignor–so prayers for faith are appreciated as well.

Father, we pray that your son passed the bar and that he will swiftly find work and be able to serve you to the glory of your Name. Mother Mary, St. Joseph and St. Thomas More, pray for him. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen!

Also, if you guys could pray for my son, Luke, that he could find a good job swiftly, we’d appreciate it. Much obliged!

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