The Most Powerful Prayer in the World

Prayer is often difficult. In the fourth pillar of the Catechism, Christian prayer, there  is an article on the Battle of Prayer (#2725-2745). We know that to have a relationship with God we must pray. We must pour out our hearts to our loving Father. We should try to listen for his small still voice.

But we object that we don’t have time. We think that our prayers are unproductive because we do not understand that prayer originates and flows from the Holy Spirit. Prayer is not something that we can do all by ourselves. Everyday life distracts us when we attempt to pray.

God does not always give us what we want. But He always gives us what we truly need. But because we do not see “what’s in it for me”, we determine that it is a useless endeavor.

But prayer has the power to change us. To transform us.

Perhaps we need to retrench and stop making prayer so difficult. There is an ancient prayer that is quite simple. But it is also very powerful.  Peter Kreeft has an excellent article on this prayer, The Jesus Prayer:

It is called the “Jesus Prayer”, and it consists simply in uttering the single word “Jesus” (or “Lord Jesus”, or “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner”) in any situation, at any time and place, either aloud or silently.

There is only one prerequisite, one presupposition: that you are a Christian. If you have faith in Christ, hope in Christ, and love of Christ, you can pray the most powerful prayer in the world, because you have real contact with the greatest power in the universe: Christ himself, who assured us, in his last words to his apostles, that “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Mt 28:18).

It is also the simplest of all prayers. It is not one of the many “methods”, because it bypasses methods and cuts right to the heart of practicing God’s presence, which is the essence of prayer, the secret of which has been given to us by God the Father. The secret is simply God the Son, God incarnate, the Lord Jesus.

1. Its simplicity and flexibility

As the Catechism says, “The invocation of the holy name of Jesus is the simplest way of praying always…. This prayer is possible ‘at all times’ because it is not one occupation among others but the only occupation: that of loving God, which animates and transfigures every action in Christ Jesus” (CCC 2668).

Read the whole enchilada here.  Pray always by invoking the name of Jesus the Lord, Lord Jesus have mercy on me a sinner.

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry was ordained in 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren.. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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6 Responses to The Most Powerful Prayer in the World

  1. LeAnn says:

    Susan, I was actually taught this prayer years ago when I was in counseling because I had stress induced eczema on my arms and legs. The dermatologist said he couldn’t help me get rid of it, only treat the symptoms. Anyway, my counselor was a nurse and a christian woman. She had me doing bio-feedback type exercises. I had to reduce my skin temperature by one degree by lying down and practicing deep breathing. She told me to pray, “Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner”. I would recite “Jesus Christ, Son of God” on the inhale, and “have mercy on me a sinner” on the exhale. I’ve been doing this for almost 21 years when I am worried or anxious, or waiting at a traffic light, or in an elevator. It is a powerful prayer. I got rid of the eczema. Got rid of my ulcer. It didn’t get me a Cadillac, but it did give me peace. That was before kids. Now it gives my mind a break from all the racing thoughts. Ha!


  2. marian dearaujo says:

    I need a very urgent grace for freedom since I feel as if I were in jail.
    I need desperately to move home, please pray for me, because I am sure
    that there is a cruel person that exploited me a lot and stays with my money which I need in order to move. Pray for me urgently, I am sick and sad, pray
    in order to eliminate the iniquity of Satan. The angels could listen to us. Marian


  3. zanele says:

    Pray for us as a family. In the name of the father,the son and the holy spirit. We pray for our life is not the same anymore and we demand it AMen


  4. says:

    plzzz pray for me im waiting for a job reply .i went for interview and they told me that they will call me but there is no reply for now .so plzzzzzz pray for me


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  6. Michael A says:

    Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth! Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner. Let tomorrow begin a new day. A day in full forfillment of your righteous plan. A new earth begins tomorrow, inacting the covenant with Abraham, Moses, David, and forfilling the promise of Lord Jesus Christ; the son of our father. We are sinners; not worthy. Your precious blood has given us worth. Let the choir of heaven seronate your kingdom, and the true declaration of indepence. Hosannah in the highest! As it was in the beginning, shall be forever more. Io nome il padre, il figlio, il spirito santo, amen. It is complete.
    Thanks be to God!
    Ty for having mercy on this sinner. I will show mercy on alike. Thou shall be done on earth as it is in heaven


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