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Let us pray. Direct, O Lord, we beseech you, all our actions by your holy inspirations, and carry them on by your gracious assistance, that every prayer and work of ours may begin always from you, and by you be happily ended. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. Hail Mary. Glory be.

V. Seat of wisdom,
R. Pray for us.

V. Saint N.,
R. Pray for us.

V. Bless us, O Virgin Mary,
R. With thy Holy Child.
catholic prayer for work problems

All of us have difficulties with prayer and this is normal. Prayer is a relationship and one that takes a lot of work to even get to the point of being decent at it. This is the case for those who are trying for the first time or just trying to take prayer to the next level. If you read the Saints on prayer, all of them have struggled, so why would we think we are any different?

In many ways prayer is like any other relationship. Many of us start out basing it, in many ways, on good experiences and emotions. This, as in a romantic relationship, is a good thing, because it helps bring two people closer together. But, real love can only be fostered once we stop relying on emotional highs and great experiences. Once the emotions leave, we must decide to love the other person for their own sake, not what they do for us. Real love is choosing what is best for another regardless of the cost to myself.

This kind of love doesn’t come easy and there are times when you will feel far from God and that your prayer is dry. But, you are not alone and can seek the help of a confessor or someone else you look up to, in order to help you. Also, you need to continue to pray, even though it may not feel good to do so. This is a sign of true love – to choose to pray, even when you may not want to, because you know it is the best thing to do. If you continue to pray, your faith will continue to grow beyond the feelings.

These dry times are a gift from God. They may not feel like a gift, but they truly are. The reason they are a gift is because we have the opportunity to leave behind our feelings and go deeper into a true loving relationship with God. So, don’t waste such an opportunity!

Think of it this way, which would be more pleasing to God – 10 minutes of prayer that came easy and had great emotions or 10 minutes where you struggled, didn’t want to do it, and felt dryness, yet you did it anyway? I would say the second, because you chose to do it even though you didn’t want to, which took more resolve and was a tougher decision.

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Everyone who has spent a substantial amount of time in prayer has encountered difficulties in prayer. Why do we have such difficulties? Simple – we are human. But, before I spell out some tips on how to overcome difficulties, we ought to talk about why we pray.

St. Paul writes:

“With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit.” – Ephesians 6:18

Paul doesn’t just suggest, but commands us, to pray “in the Spirit” at “every opportunity”. If we are to follow this command, it should be done out of love, not out of mere obedience. But, how are we to meet this high call?

He writes in another letter:

“The Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit Itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.” – Romans 8: 26-27

We can’t do it alone. The Holy Spirit does, for us, what we can’t do in our prayer. This is vital, because prayer is essential for success. But, by success, I mean success in the eyes of God, which is much different than success by the world’s standards. The world says success is money, fame, power, possessions, pleasure, etc. But, God’s idea of success is holiness – being the person God intends you to be.In other words, success = fulfilling the vision for your life that God has for you. Prayer is indispensable in attaining this process.

In the Gospel of Luke, Luke writes:

“he told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.” -Luke 18:1

We must make prayer the center of our lives. It isn’t a choice for us as Christians. But, it requires perseverance and faith to achieve such a prayer life. In fact, I believe a good answer to the question of “do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?” can be answered by pointing to your prayer life. If you pray daily, then you have a personal relationship with Jesus.So, with this in mind, you might ask – why would any Christian let their prayer life slip and what can we do about it?

catholic prayer for work problems


  1. Discouragement – Sometimes we don’t know what to say, how to pray, what to do. Sometimes we are tired, feeling bad, or we just don’t have a desire to pray.
  2. Doubt – Is God really there? Can He hear me? Does He care, even if He exists? Does prayer really even matter?
  3. Impatience – Prayers can seem to go on forever with only silence coming from heaven. When will God answer me?
  4. Temptations – It is easy to pray when you aren’t challenged internally through temptation. But, when the temptations enter in, it becomes drudgery.
  5. Laziness – We sometimes just give up or never establish habits that sustain us in dry times or through the business of modern life.
  6. Dryness – God seems distant and prayer becomes a chore. This can happen at any time.
  7. Physical, Mental, or Emotional Problems – When we suffer, it is hard to pray, because we sometimes feel that a loving God would make it stop.

16 Tips To Help You Overcome Problems In Your Prayer Life

  1. Frequent the Sacraments – If you can make daily Mass even once a week, you have doubled your access to the greatest gift ever given humanity. Now, go to Confession at least monthly and you are surely going to get a multitude of graces. Put these on a calendar so you don’t skip them.
  2. Establish Good Habits – You should be able to rely on your habits to help you, and not hurt you, in your prayer. A good habit takes 66 days (at least) to establish. So, if you can commit to a routine of prayer for 2 months, you should start to lay the groundwork for healthy prayer habits.
  3. Accountability Counts – You need someone who is more objective than you are to look at your prayer life and see how you are doing and how the Holy Spirit is working. If you haven’t been praying daily for at least a year, then you probably aren’t ready for spiritual direction. But, even if you aren’t ready for spiritual direction, having a good friend who prays regularly to talk to can be good.
  4. Try Different Types of Prayer – We all have different tastes in prayer, just like most other things in life. So, try out different types of prayer and see which ones work for you. One caveat – don’t give up too soon on a type of prayer. It might take a good long time to discover whether it is good for you or not.
  5. Read and Pray with The Bible – The Bible is a gift to us from God. We can hear him speak to us personally and be continually challenged by it. If you don’t know where to start with praying with Sacred Scripture, then try this.
  6. Fast Regularly – There is great power in fasting. We see it in Scripture when Jesus fasts and calls his disciples to do the same. When we have better control over the desires of our bodies, we can pray better.
  7. Overcome Distractions – The simple way to overcome a distraction is to not give into it. Once you realize you are distracted turn your heart and mind back to your prayer, not to examining the distraction. This simple act is the easiest way to defeat distractions.
  8. Don’t Over-think Prayer – Too often we tend to complicate something that should come naturally to us. We are made for communion with God. Prayer is merely directing your mind and heart in the direction of God. If we over-complicate it, we get caught up in the externals.
  9. Dryness is Good For Us – Dry prayers are a gift from God. Yes, we all long to have consolations in our prayer, just as a child longs for candy and having those denied is difficult, but healthy for us. It is in dryness that our faith is tested and strengthened.
  10. Pray for Humility – To the extent we are humble is the extent of the power of God’s grace changing our lives. Without humble prayer, God is unable to reach us, because we have no interior need for Him.
  11. Work on a Proper Understanding of God and Self – I can not emphasize this one enough. Many of us struggle to understand how a perfect God could love us and want a relationship with us. But, this is due, mainly, to our bad perceptions of our own dignity and the way God loves us unconditionally.
  12. Quiet – Our modern lives are filled with noise. We need to quiet ourselves to hear God – both internally and externally. Find a peaceful and quiet place to pray. Church is helpful in this respect – so if you can stop at a church, even for a short time, I recommend you do so.
  13. Prioritize Prayer. Schedule it. Bump something else. Get up early. Do whatever you have to do, but don’t let a day go by without spending time with the most important person in your life.
  14. Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself – Struggles in your prayer life do not make you a terrible Christian. They are a universal experience of everyone who prays. So, don’t get down on yourself for struggles.
  15. Don’t Wait To Start – procrastination is the enemy of prayer. If you feel called to pray, don’t ever put it off.
  16. Find and Use Good Resources – When you don’t know what to do or how to do it, the resources can help. Resources include people, friends, books, websites, sacramentals (e.g. rosaries), etc.

Pray for me and I will pray for all who read this.

catholic prayer for work problems

Marcel is a husband and father of five, serves on the pastoral council at St. Mary’s and is the founder and Executive Director of Catholic Missionary Disciples.

Glorious St Anne, filled with compassion for those who invoke you, with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I kneel at your feet and humbly beg you to take my present need under your special protection: (here mention your request). Vouchsafe to recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day meeting my God face to face, and with you and Mary and all the saints praising him through all eternity. Amen.


Great St Anne, engrave indelibly on my heart and in my mind the words that have reclaimed and sanctified so many sinners: “What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world if he lose his own soul?” May this be the principal fruit of these prayers by which I will strive to honour you during this novena. At your feet I renew my resolution to invoke you daily, not only for the success of my temporal affairs and to be preserved from sickness and suffering, but above all, that I may be preserved from all sin, that I may succeed in working out my eternal salvation and that I will receive the special grace of (name it). O most powerful St Anne, do not let me lose my soul, but obtain for me the grace of winning my way to heaven, there with you, your blessed spouse and your glorious daughter, to sing the praise of the most holy and adorable Trinity for ever and ever. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

Pray for us, St Anne.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Glorious St Anne, how can you be otherwise than overflowing with tenderness toward sinners like myself, since you are the grandmother of him who shed his blood for them, and the mother of her whom the saints call the advocate of sinners? To you, therefore, I address my prayers with confidence. Vouchsafe to commend me to Jesus and Mary so that, at your request, I may be granted remission of my sins, perseverance, the love of God, charity for all mankind, and the special grace (name it) of which I stand in need at the present time. O most powerful protectress, let me not lose my soul, but obtain for me that through the merits of Jesus Christ and the intercession of Mary, I may have the happiness of seeing them, of loving and praising them with you for all eternity. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

Pray for us, St Anne.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Beloved of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, mother of the Queen of Heaven, take us and all who are dear to us under your special care. Obtain for us the virtues you instilled into the heart of her who was destined to become the Mother of God, and the graces with which you were endowed. Sublime model of Christian womanhood, pray that we may imitate your example in our homes and families, listen to our petitions, and obtain our request (name it). Guardian of the infancy and childhood of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, obtain the graces necessary for all who enter the marriage state, that imitating your virtues they may sanctify their homes and lead the souls entrusted to their care to eternal glory. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

Pray for us, St Anne.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Glorious Saint, I kneel in confidence at your feet, for you also have tasted the bitterness and sorrow of life. My necessities, the cause of my tears, are (name them). Good St Anne, you who did suffer much during the twenty years that preceded your glorious maternity, I beseech you, by all your sufferings and humiliations, to grant my prayer. I pray you, through your love for your glorious spouse, through your love for your immaculate child, through the joy you did feel at the moment of her happy birth, not to refuse me. Bless me, bless my family and all who are dear to me, so that some day we may all be with you in the glory of heaven, for all eternity. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

Pray for us, St Anne.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Great Saint, how far I am from resembling you. I so easily give way to impatience and discouragement; and so easily give up praying when God does not at once grant my request. Prayer is the key to all heavenly treasures and I cannot pray, because my weak faith and lack of confidence fail me at the slightest delay of divine mercy. O my powerful protectress, come to my aid, listen to my petition for (name it), make my confidence and fervour, supported by the promises of Jesus Christ, redouble in proportion as the trial to which God in his goodness subjects me is prolonged, that I may obtain like you more than I can venture to ask for. In the future I will remember that I am made for heaven and not for earth; for eternity and not for time; that consequently I must ask, above all, the salvation of my soul which is assured to all who pray properly and who persevere in prayer. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

Pray for us, St Anne.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Glorious St Anne, mother of the Mother of God, I beg you to obtain through your powerful intercession the pardon of my sins and the assistance I need in my troubles (name it). What can I not hope for if you deign to take me under your protection? The Most High has been pleased to grant the prayers of sinners, whenever you have been charitable enough to be their advocate.
Kneeling at your feet, I beg you to help me in all spiritual and temporal dangers; to guide me in the true path of Christian perfection, and finally to obtain for me the grace of ending my life with the death of the just, so that I may contemplate face to face your beloved Jesus and your daughter Mary in your loving companionship throughout eternity. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

Pray for us, St Anne.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


O good St Anne, so justly called the mother of the infirm, the cure of all those who suffer from disease, look kindly upon the sick for whom I also want to pray; alleviate their sufferings; cause them to sanctify their sufferings by patience and complete submission to the divine will; finally deign to obtain health for them and with the firm resolution to honour Jesus, Mary and yourself by the faithful performance of duties.
But, merciful St Ann, I ask you above all for the salvation of my soul, rather than perfect bodily health for myself, for I am convinced that this fleeting life is given us solely to assure us a better one. Now, we cannot obtain that better life without the help of God’s graces. I earnestly beg them of you for the sick and for myself, especially the petition for which I am making this novena (name it) through the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ, through the intercession of his Immaculate Mother and through your efficacious and powerful mediation, O glorious St Anne. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

Pray for us, St Anne.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Remember, O St Anne, whose name signifies grace and mercy, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help and sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, good and kind mother; I take refuge at your feet and, sinful as I am, I venture to appear before you, burdened with the weight of my sins. O holy mother of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, despise not my petition (name it) but hear me and grant my prayer. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

Pray for us, St Anne.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Most holy mother of the Virgin Mary, glorious St Anne, I, a miserable sinner, confiding in your kindness, choose you today as my special advocate. I offer and consecrate my person and all my interests to your care and maternal solicitude. I hope to serve and honour you all my life for the love of your most holy daughter and to do all in my power to spread devotion to you.
O my very good mother and advocate, deign to accept me as your servant, and to adopt me as your child. O glorious St Anne, I beg you, by the passion of my most loving Jesus, the Son of Mary, your most holy daughter, to assist me in all my necessities. Venerable Mother, I beg you to obtain for me the favour I seek in this novena (name it) and the grace of leading a life perfectly conformable in all things to the divine will. I place my soul in your hands and in those of your kind daughter. I confide it to you, above all at the moment when it will be about to separate itself from my body in order that, appearing under your patronage before the Supreme Judge, he may find it worthy of enjoying his divine presence in your holy companionship in heaven. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

Pray for us, St Anne.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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