The God who lives within us
Scripture: Jesus answered, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make our home with him”. (Jn. 14:23)
One of the main fruits of faithfulness in prayer is the gradual opening of our eyes, so that we learn to take Christ at his word. Very few Christians really believe that our God lives within hearts that truly seek him. How different our lives would be if we could accept this!
Lord Jesus, help us truly to believe in your words. While on earth, your greatest happiness was to encounter real faith. Teach us in prayer how to recognize your presence within us, and how really to live our faith.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, increase our faith.
(spend some quiet time in prayer with Jesus … speak to Jesus… hear Jesus… feel His Presence with you)
Closing Prayer for each day
Lord Jesus, your Sacred Heart is always open in love to each of us, especially when we are suffering. To all who come to you seeking your help, you show your compassion and healing power.
You care for us when we are lost, sympathise with us in loneliness and comfort us in mourning; you are closest to us when we are weakest. You reach out your hand to us when we stumble and have most need of your help. I ask you to listen to my prayer during this Novena, and grant what I ask… (make your request silently)
If what I ask is not for my own or other’s good, grant me always what is best, that I may build your kingdom of love in our world. Amen.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you. Amen.