In difficult times (whether we are at war, afflicted with diseases, victims of injustice...) men and women need to be protected and given strength. King David himself would implore God for His protection against enemy attacks (Psalm 140). When we go through hardships, when we are tormented, let us turn to God and say prayers for protection and strength.
St. Padre Pio was fervently passionate for our Lord Jesus Christ He countered many attacks from the devil by praying to God and his Guardian Angel for protection. He composed many prayers himself, and here are St. Padre Pio’s prayers to Jesus to ask for strength and protection.
“Oh my Jesus,
give me Your strength when my weak nature rebels against the distress and suffering of this life of exile, and enable me to accept everything with serenity and peace.
With my whole strength I cling to Your merits, Your sufferings, Your expiation, and Your tears,
so that I may be able to cooperate with You in the work of salvation.
Give me strength to fly from sin, the only cause of Your agony, Your sweat of blood, and Your death.
Destroy in me all that displeases You and fill my heart with the fire of Your holy love and all Your sufferings.
Clasp me tenderly, firmly, close to You that I may never leave You alone in Your cruel Passion.
I ask only for a place of rest in Your Heart
“May Jesus comfort you in all your afflictions.
May He sustain you in dangers, watch over you always with His grace,
and indicate the safe path that leads to eternal salvation.
And may He render you always dearer to His Divine Heart and always more worthy of Paradise.
“Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
When we are on our own to face evil, prayer is our most formidable weapon. When saying prayers of protection, asking for the intercession of saints (such as St. Michael, St. Expedit and St. Rita), we ensure that we are no longer alone in our troubles. Discover below a few prayers of protection to recite in our times of need:
Prayers for the intercession of St. Rita to help us in our times of need.
Join prayer communities on Hozana and learn to practice daily prayer with your Christian brothers and sisters around the world! Ask for the intercession of St. Padre Pio by praying a novena, and let yourself be blessed by his graces. Join the Franciscans of the Renewal’s prayer community and reflect on the words of St. Pio of Pietrelcina.