Dear St. Jude,
I pray to you often. I know that you listen and answer my prayers, often in ways I do not expect! So, thank you for your help in the past. Please continue to help me now and in the future.
I’m struggling with health issues. While they have changed my life drastically and been very difficult to deal with at times, if I am silent and still and surrender my will, I can feel God’s peace and know He is still with me. My prayer tonight is the prayer I pray so often. I pray for healing!
Of course I would like a complete healing (physical/mental/emotional/spiritual), but I understand that sometimes illness has a purpose to play in our lives. It can bring us closer to God and also increase our empathy and compassion for everyone and everything else who suffers in this world. So, I ask for healing, but I accept God’s will in my life. If I am meant to experience this illness as a way to grow spiritually, then please give me strength and courage. Please give me the characteristics I’ll need to handle this illness in a postive way, in a way that allows me to always have love and peace in my heart, so that I might be a light in the world and inspire others. I also pray that my suffering can in some way bring about good, because then it will have meaning.
There are many trials to face when dealing with an illness. So much is lost. Yet, much is also there to be gained in character and in closeness & dependence upon God. Please help me to focus on what I have gained, please help me to always remember and feel a close connection to God, so that the other external things that used to seem to matter become irrelevant. Please fill me with love and trust. I also pray that I am able to maintain healthy, positive relationships during this time and reconcile with those who have hurt me or who I have hurt. I pray that I can live a life filled with love, forgiveness, and peace, and rise above my limitations to meet the potential God has instilled in me.
May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us, St. Jude worker of Miracles, pray for us, St. Jude helper and keeper of the hopeless, pray for us.
Thank you, St. Jude! Amen.