"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you." Matthew 7: 7
Prayer in Time of Trouble
O God, our help and assistance, who art just and merciful, and who hear the supplications of Your people; look down upon me, a miserable sinner, have mercy upon me, and deliver me from this trouble that besets me, for which, I know, I am deservedly suffering. I acknowledge and believe, O lord, that all trails in life are given by You for our chastisement, when we drift away from You, and disobey Your commandments; deal not with me after my sins, but according to Your bountiful mercies, for I am the work of You hands and You know my weakness. Grant me, I beseech You, Your divine helping grace, and endow me with patience and strength to endure my tribulations with complete submission to Your will. You know my misery and suffering and to You, my only hope and refuge, I flee to for relief and comfort; trusting to You infinite love and compassion, that In due time, when You know best, You will deliver me from this trouble, and turn my distress into comfort, when I shall rejoice in Your mercy and exalt and praise Your Holy Name, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever and unto age of ages. Amen.
O God, my help and aid in distress, merciful to Your creation, look down on me and deliver me from this difficulty that besets me. I acknowledge and believe. O Lord, that all trials of life can make me stronger providing I stay close to You, for I am the work of Your hands. Grant me Your divine strength to endure my problems, for you are my only hope and refuge, my relief and my comfort. I trust in Your infinite love and compassion. Blessed is Your holy Name; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and for evermore. Amen.
Prayer of Thanks after Delivery from Trouble
Almighty and merciful God, I most humbly and heartily thank Your divine majesty for Your loving kindness and tender mercies, that You have heard my humble prayer, and graciously vouchsafed to deliver me from my trouble and misery. Grant me, I beseech You, Your helping grace that I may obediently walk in Your Holy commandments, and lead a sober, righteous and godly life, ever remembering Your mercies, and the blessings You have undeservedly bestowed upon me, that I may continually offer to You the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving , O Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Prayers for the Increase of Love and the Eradication of Anger
O Christ, who dist bind thine Apostles in a union of love, and hast bound us thy believing servants to thee with the same bond, grant us without dissimulation to do thy commandments and to love one another, at the prayers of the Mother of God, o thou who alone lovest mankind.
Set our hearts on fire with love to thee, O Christ our God, that in its flame we may love thee with all our heart, our mind, with all our soul and with all our strength, and our neighbors as ourselves, so that, keeping thy commandments, we may glorify thee the giver of all good gifts.
Prayers for our Enemies
Thou who didst pray for them that crucified thee, command thy servants to pray for their enemies, forgive those who hate and maltreat us, and turn our lives from all harm and evil to brotherly love and good works: for this we humbly bring our prayer, that with one accord and one heart we may glorify thee who alone lovest mankind.
As thy first martyr Stephen prayed to thee for his murderers, O Lord, who we fall before thee and pray: forgive all who hate and maltreat us and let not one of them perish because of us, but all be saved by thy grace, O God the all-bountiful.
Prayer for Peace
Almighty God, you who are the Father of all the people of the earth, we pray that you will keep us from the cruelties of war and civil disorder. Lead us in the way of peace. Teach us to put away all bitterness and misunderstanding, all hatred and prejudice, that we may draw together as one family of God and live always in the fellowship of the Prince of Peace, to whom we give glory, honor and thanksgiving, together with you, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Prayers for Protection Against Danger
Make haste, O Christ our God, and go before us lest we be overcome by the enemy who blaspheme thee and maltreat us: destroy by the virtue of thy cross those who war against us, that they may know the might of the Orthodox faith, at the prayers of the Mother of God, O only Lover of men.
Chosen Leader and Lord, Conqueror of hell, I thy creature and servant, delivered from eternal death, magnify and praise thee who art infinitely merciful; free me from all evils as I call upon thee: O Jesus, Son of God, have mercy upon me.
Prayer for the Acceptance of God's Will
O Lord, I know not what to ask of thee. Thou alone knowest what are my true needs. Thou lovest me more than I myself know how to love. Help me to see my real needs which are concealed from me. I dare not ask either a cross or consolation. I can only wait on thee. my heart is open to thee. Visit and help me, for thy great mercy's sake. Strike me and heal me, cast me down and raise me up. I worship in silence they holy will and thine inscrutable ways. I offer myself as a sacrifice to thee. I put all my trust in thee. I have no other desire than to fulfill thy will. Teach me how to pray. Pray thou thyself in me. Amen.
Prayer for the Intercession of Our Most Holy Theotokos
Most Holy Lady Theotokos, by your holy and powerful prayers remove from me, your humble and burdened servant, despair, forgetfulness, lack of understanding, and negligence, and take away form me all unclean, crafty and blameworthy thoughts from my smitten heart, and from my darkened mind; quench the flame of my passions, for I am poor and lost; deliver me from many cruel recollections and undertakings, and set me free from all evil actions; for you are blessed of all generations, and the Name of your most honorable Son, our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ, is glorified now and for evermore. Amen.
O God, come to deliver me! O Lord, make haste to help me! Let them be put to shame and confusion who seek my life! Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor who wish me evil! Let them be turned back in shame who jeer at me, "Aha, Aha!" May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in You! may those who love Your salvation say evermore, "God is great!" But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord , do not delay!
Prayer Against Demonic Influence
Almighty God, who delivered Your people from the bondage of the adversary, and through your Son cast down Satan like lightning, deliver me also from every influence of the unclean spirits. Command Satan to depart far from me by the power of Your only begotten Son. Rescue me from demonic delusion and darkness. Fill me with the light of the Holy Spirit that I may be guarded against the snares of the crafty demons. Grant that an angel always go before me and lead me to the path of righteousness al the days of my life, to the honor of your glorious Name, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.