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Prayers to the Sacred Heart

Apr 15, 2020
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There are a number of activities that bring devotion to the Sacred Heart alive in our hearts and lives. The Lord’s healing promises flow through our embrace of these aspects of the devotion. Love, of course, is at the center of all these actions—love for Jesus and a desire to have that love grow in our hearts as we receive more and more of his love for us.

Certainly prayer is the place to start with any devotion but especially with devotion to the Sacred Heart. That is because it is a devotion that centers exclusively on our love relationship with our Lord. And just like any relationship, our relationship with Jesus requires communication to keep it strong and vibrant. Prayer is our ongoing conversation with God.


Knowing God’s Heart

It could be said that most of the world’s problems, large and small, could be solved if we only knew how much we are truly loved by God. That love covers all manner of sin. Knowing God’s love convinces us that we are enough, that we do not need to compete with others, because God’s love is an unlimited resource for all.

There is a very healthy balance that we can find in devotion to the Sacred Heart, a balance between awareness of our sins and the humility to accept them. We run into trouble when we travel in the extremes: that is, acting as though our sins are not sins at all or at least are of no matter to God; or the opposite, focusing entirely on our unworthiness, which is a form of vanity and hidden pride. Through prayer, we experience closeness with God and the true love of his heart. This love sets us straight, conquers our fears, and completes us. And in turn, as we come to know the greatness of God’s love, we begin to look for ways to help others know it too. Our hope to know and receive God’s love in all of its fullness and promise of restoration comes through our prayerful dialogue with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 

St. Margaret Mary explains: “We can tell him all the secrets of our hearts, disclosing our want and misery to Him who alone can remedy them, and saying, “O Friend of my heart, she whom you love is sick. Visit and heal me, for I know well that you cannot love me and yet leave me alone in my distress.”

Short prayers, known as aspirations, have always been a part of devotion to the Sacred Heart. They are “sweet sayings” that we whisper to Jesus out of love for him. Some of the most well-known are “Sacred Heart of Jesus, make my heart like yours,” and “Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in you.” Other aspirations that can be quite effective and bring great comfort in times of stress are “Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in your love for me,” “Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, grant that I may love you more and more,” and “Sacred Heart of Jesus, protect my family and have mercy on us.”


Heart Note

Take some time to talk with the Lord and share your heart with him in prayer. Tell him your fears and the ways in which you feel unlovable. Ask him for healing. Ask him to show you how much he loves you. Jesus loves to answer these kinds of prayers!

Start with these prayers....

Prayer to the Sacred Heart

O most holy Heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing,
I adore you, I love you and with a lively sorrow for my sins.
I offer you this poor heart of mine.
Make me humble, patient, pure, and wholly obedient to your will.
Grant, good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you.
Protect me in the midst of danger; comfort me in my afflictions;
give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs,
your blessings on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death.
Within your heart I place my every care.
In every need let me come to you with humble trust saying,
Heart of Jesus, help me.


Daily Offering

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you all my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day, for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all my relatives and friends, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father.


Daily Renewal Prayer for the Family

Dear Sacred Heart of Jesus, we renew our pledge of love and loyalty to you. Keep us always close to your loving heart and to the most pure Heart of your Mother. May we love one another more and more each day, forgiving each other’s faults as you forgive our sins. Teach us how to see you in those we meet outside our home. Please help us keep our love for you always strong by frequent Mass and Communion.

Thank you, dear Jesus, King and Friend of our family, for all the blessings of today. Protect us during this night. Help us all to get to heaven! Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, thy kingdom come! Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for our family! St. Joseph, friend of the Sacred Heart, pray for us! Our patron saints and guardian angels, pray for us! Amen.


Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

This nine-day prayer is often said prior to the Feast of the Sacred Heart but can be said anytime. The “Our Father,” “Hail, Mary,” Glory Be,” and “Hail, Holy Queen” are traditional Catholic prayers associated with the Rosary, and may be readily found online or in most Catholic prayer books. There are other versions of the novena; this is the one that Saint Margaret Mary offered.

O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.” Behold, I knock, I seek, and ask for the grace of (name your request). Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be to the Father…


♥ A Prayer to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

St. Margaret Mary, permitted by the Sacred Heart of Jesus to become partaker of the divine treasures of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, obtain for us, we beseech you, from that adorable Heart, the graces we need. We ask for them with boundless confidence. May the divine Heart of Jesus be willing to grant them to us through your intercession, so that once again he may, through you, be glorified and loved. Amen.

V. Pray for us, O blessed Margaret,
R. that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: O Lord Jesus Christ, who wondrously opened the unsearchable riches of your heart to blessed Margaret Mary, the virgin: grant unto us, by her merits and our imitation of her, that we may love you in all things and above all things, and may be worthy to have our everlasting dwelling in the same Sacred Heart, who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.

 Sometimes we over complicate spirituality. Here's an easy way to simplify our relationship with Jesus.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender mother and ours.

Say the Hail, Holy Queen and add: “Saint Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.”

—St. Margaret Mary Alacoque


Prayer of Trust to the Sacred Heart (in Times of Stress)

Holy Heart of Jesus, Sweet Sanctuary of rest, bring peace to my soul and settle my spirit, especially in the matter of_________________.

I vow to place all of my worries and fears into the wound of your Sacred Heart, there to be tended to in accordance with your perfect will, which desires only the best and highest good.

Your love alone is enough, and I surrender to it; clinging to the hope of a swift resolution and trusting with confidence in all of your promises. Amen.


♥ Offering of the Holy Hour

My sweet Jesus, I desire to spend this hour with you, to console you and to make some reparation by the love of my poor heart for the agony you suffered in Gethsemane. In that lone hour, you were forsaken, and the creatures whom you created to love you loved you not. The weight of all our sins pressed on you, and mine as well; and for the sorrow which I caused you then by my sins, I will endeavor to repay you now by my love. Strengthen my love, my Jesus, that it may in some small measure give you consolation.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, strengthened in your agony by an angel, comfort us in our agony.


Prayer to the Sacred Heart for Help to Forgive

Lord Jesus,
my heart feels like an impenetrable stone as I am struggling to forgive_____________. Please trade my hardened heart for one that flows with mercy like your own.

Give me the grace to let go of bitterness, a desire for revenge, and the need for an apology. Set me free from the captivity of my unforgiving heart and fill me with your healing love.


Prayer to the Sacred Heart for Someone Who Is Addicted

Lord, my heart is filled with concern for____________, who is addicted. You know and see the disorder and chaos that the addiction is causing, and your heart grieves over the distortion of personality and danger to the soul that results when someone is in the throes of addiction.

I pray that you will please give me the wisdom and spiritual fortitude to detach with love and trust in your tender mercies and that you will give _______________ the humility and strength to seek recovery. I ask this through the saving grace of your Sacred Heart.


Prayer to the Sacred Heart When Health Is Failing

Sweet Heart of Jesus,
my health is failing, and I am hurting.
Thank you for my body, which is a great and marvelous gift
and a temple where the Holy Spirit chooses to dwell.
I offer up my current suffering for ____________,
accepting whatever you permit to happen to me.
I believe in your healing power and claim your promises of peace,
help in all my afflictions, and the grace of final perseverance.
Help me to resist all fear, and hide me, Lord,
in the haven of your precious heart.
Give me the strength to accept this current state of my health with joy,
holy resignation, and lively hope for the future.


Prayer of Thanksgiving and Praise to the Sacred Heart

Lord, you deserve all honor and praise,
because your love is perfect and your heart sublime.
My heart is filled to overflowing with gratitude
for the many blessings and graces you have bestowed upon me and those
whom I love.
Forever undeserving, may I always be attentive
and never take for granted the gifts of mercy and love
that flow so freely and generously from your Sacred Heart.
Heart of Jesus, I adore you.
Heart of Jesus, I praise you.
Heart of Jesus, I thank you.
Heart of Jesus, I love you forever and always.


Prayer to the Sacred Heart in Times of Loss or Betrayal

Sweet Jesus, your heart beats for the brokenhearted,
and you know their pain. You experienced loss when your friend Lazarus died,
and betrayal when your friends abandoned and rejected you in your darkest hours.
I ask you for relief and release right now in this time of grief.
I cry out to your heart, seeking comfort and consolation.

Take this present heartache and unite it
to your own for the good of others, especially _________________.

Ease my sorrow, and fill my heart with hope
and light to face another day. Amen.


♥ Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

V. Lord, have mercy on us.
R. Christ, have mercy on us.
V. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
R. Christ, graciously hear us.
V. God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Son of the eternal Father, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mother’s womb…
Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God…
Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty…
Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God…
Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High,..
Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven,..
Heart of Jesus, glowing furnace of charity,..
Heart of Jesus, vessel of justice and love,..
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love,..
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues,..
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise,..
Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts,..
Heart of Jesus, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,..
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwells all the fullness of the Godhead,..
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father was well pleased,..
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received,..
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills,..
Heart of Jesus, patient and rich in mercy,..
Heart of Jesus, rich to all who call upon you,..
Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness,..
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our offenses,..
Heart of Jesus, overwhelmed with reproaches,..
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our iniquities,..
Heart of Jesus, obedient even unto death,..
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance,..
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation,..
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection,..
Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation,..
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins,..
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in you,..
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in you,..
Heart of Jesus, delight of all saints,..
V. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
R. Spare us, O Lord.
V. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
R. Graciously hear us, O Lord.
V. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
R. Have mercy on us.
V. Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
R. Make our hearts like unto thine.

Let us pray: Almighty and eternal God, look upon the heart of thy most beloved Son and upon the praises and satisfaction which he offers thee in the name of sinners; and to those who implore thy mercy, in thy great goodness, grant forgiveness in the name of the same Jesus Christ, thy Son, who livest and reignest with thee forever and ever. Amen.

Enjoy this lineup of prayers!

Healing Promises: The Essential Guide to the Sacred Heart


Fri, 02/12/2021 - 09:32 AM
Please pray for my son Stevie , who has cancer of the esophagus and is facing a 8 hour operation and my son Michael, who struggles with stress and anxiety... Thank you
Thu, 03/04/2021 - 06:32 PM
I will pray for Stevie and Michael as i pray for my grandchildren. Our Lord has helped me through a few long and difficult times. With love, a fellow Christian Mother
Sun, 12/05/2021 - 06:36 PM
I just wanted you to know that I am praying for you and your Son's that the outcome of your son surgery when well and also his healing and the stress and anxiety of your other son and possible you have been lifted from you and your family. I put you all in the living hands of "The LORD JESUS" he hears you petition and listens to your Heart .Jesus loves you and your family .Trust in the LORD and leave it all to GOD. Your Sister bin Christ. Kathleen
Mon, 08/15/2022 - 10:19 PM
Please pray to Jesus in thanksgiving for prayers answered
Fri, 02/19/2021 - 08:02 AM
Help me Lord, as I go into a meeting today with HR over my boss being mean to me and designing my defeat. Protect me against misogyny, ageism, and bullying. Oh gracious God, I need you. I hope in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Bind up my wounds. Give me peace on the job. Stop the headaches. In the name of Jesus.
A friend
Sun, 05/01/2022 - 09:23 PM
A friend
I pray the Lord has brought you comfort and answered your prayers 🙏
Thu, 02/25/2021 - 04:02 PM
Please pray for me, I am loosing some sight in my left eye, they have run a few tests more to do next week. I have strong faith. Amen thank you?
Fri, 06/11/2021 - 02:32 PM
Kathleen McGuinness
Fri, 12/17/2021 - 09:07 PM
Kathleen McGuinness
May GOD Peace be with you. I will pray for your eye that is having vision problem , And that GOD WILlING a good Doctor can help you but only GOD can heal you so pray for healing GOD is the GREAT Physician no one else .I know this from my own life and what GOD has walked me through in my physical and emotional brokeness, GOD will walk you through yours as well Just keep talking to the LORD JESUS about all that is in your heart with Reverence and JESUS OUR LORD can change the outcome if it his will GOD GOD known the Plans he has for you Plan to give you a hope and a future . GOD BLESS you my Brother or SIster in CHRIST. Agape, Kathleen McGuinness
Mon, 03/01/2021 - 10:21 PM
Please Pray for me, i find myself prosponing every good or important things i want and have to do in my life. Thank you.
Wed, 05/19/2021 - 10:55 PM
Done. From a fellow procrastinator. Tried in a prominent place to put a big bright note with just 1 or 2 most important things that need to be done today with a checkbox next to it. You must check the box when chore is done before fun or leisure or going to bed. Helps me a lot but you must give it at least 1 month to establish a habit. Tell yourself you can always do whatever the main time eater is AFTER you got that box checked but that task is important to do now. It’s time management. It can be learned.
Tue, 03/23/2021 - 11:23 PM
Please pray for me. I have a growth in my neck that is giving me much grief. I'm suffering so much with this. Please pray for me that I am healed.
Tue, 04/27/2021 - 09:47 PM
I just wanted to let you know that I sent my prayers to you and hope all goes well.
Fri, 04/30/2021 - 09:18 PM
Please for me. I am waiting for four months now to be cleared and called for my new Job. My current job is too toxic, poor leadership, disabling and crippling. I am praying to be called for a start date of my new job. Please help me to endure this sufferings and continue to do a good job despite the abuse and tortures. I have faith in You my Lord.
Fri, 06/11/2021 - 10:14 PM
NO ONE!... should be treated badly especially at a job. Our dear Lord Jesus will guide you to the right decisions and path.
Tue, 05/04/2021 - 04:33 PM
Please pray for me that I will be able to follow the Lord well ... thank you!
Mon, 05/24/2021 - 08:29 AM
Pray for me and daughter to find a home. We are homeless. I have a steady job but in this time of day credit is what’s stopping me. Thru this pandemic in world today. I strive in the only person who cares and that’s God.
Sat, 05/29/2021 - 01:14 PM
Please pray for my mom and brother. I desire for their hearts to love and know God so that we might all be in Heaven together when the time comes.
Mon, 05/31/2021 - 07:27 PM
Please pray that at least one vocation will come from my 4 remaining unmarried children
Sat, 06/12/2021 - 09:31 AM
Please pray my husbands operation today to remove mass on spine goes beautifully with perfect healing and recovery. Please pray his cancer is healed. Thank you so much!
Sat, 06/12/2021 - 02:57 PM
Please pray for Travis, a poor sinner who wrote this.
Concerned Catholic
Tue, 09/21/2021 - 02:52 PM
Concerned Catholic
Fri, 06/25/2021 - 09:22 PM
Please pray for my daughter who has been a drug addict for 16 years. I’m at my wits end. ?
Sun, 07/04/2021 - 05:22 AM
I have gained alot after reading the articles here; the amazing and consoling prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Thank you. Please pray for our Community and family to keep thanking Jesus and rely on His Divine Providence. May Jesus continue to protect us and shower His mercy upon us.
Fri, 07/09/2021 - 11:10 AM
please pray for my daughter hannah mae for her comprehensive exam this coming august 2021. she's been taking this exam for the 3rd time. she cannot take the board exam unless she can pass her comprehensive. i am so worried about her, she is depressed. please help me pray for her successful examination. thank you and God bless us all.
Adriana Frazier
Sun, 08/08/2021 - 11:11 PM
Adriana Frazier
Please pray for the safety and protection of my son who has made the decision to live homeless and associating with so called non Christian ‘teachers.’ Please pray for a hedge of protection for him, and that the holy angles will battle any and all evil spiritual forces trying to penetrate Robert’s heart, mind, and soul. May he only act according to the Holy Spirit. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Ulrika Immaculate Nantaba
Fri, 08/13/2021 - 01:39 AM
Ulrika Immaculate Nantaba
Thank you Jesus for loving me, Thank you so much ?, because you went to calvary and you died for me. Oh most sacred heart of Jesus have mercy on me and the whole world through the intercession of mothermary, saint Joseph and all the holy saints, Archangel in heaven. Amen
Daniel b
Tue, 08/17/2021 - 01:12 PM
Daniel b
Please pray for me. As I try to find a new job and life , money to pay bills. Pray to our Lord and blessed mother, and all saints st. Jude stanthony etc. Thank you for your help .
Wed, 08/18/2021 - 09:12 PM
Please pray for my mother and brother in law who been experience stroke especially my mom. Mine is suffering from anxiety, Menopausal dis order, hormones in balance. I'm a SingleParent of three and live alone in a country far from my real family. And to all the people who needs help cause of pandemic. Thank you so much. God bless you
Sat, 09/04/2021 - 04:39 PM
pls pray for mom NENITA who is fighting for her life in the ICU (stroke and aneurysm), that God will heal her and for her speedy recovery. also for my nephew, Imman, who is having mental problems. God bless everyone.
Sun, 09/12/2021 - 03:44 PM
I thank God for his plans in my life.I may not see it but I know He has made away.
David P Carroll
Fri, 09/17/2021 - 10:10 AM
David P Carroll
Pray For The Suffering. We hold hands and Pray for the sick And suffering today And we light a candle For them every night And that our Lord Jesus Christ heals The suffering in life Amen Lord Jesus Christ.
Fri, 10/01/2021 - 12:05 AM
Please pray for my family especially my son and daughter, so that they are blessed with wisdom and knowledge and for their future endevours, i ask lord to keep them safe under his wings.
Mon, 10/11/2021 - 05:48 PM
Please pray for my son James that he may be blessed with a job as he interviews for the position today. In Jesus name we pray.
Mon, 10/18/2021 - 01:20 AM
I will pray and I love you all. Pray for me because I have bladder surgery next week and I care for my parents (94, 89) doing finances, mail and bills. Also I take care of my mother-in-law in a nursing home, This is my 10th surgery for different things, but this is the first I'm afraid because I take care of so many people. Hug yourselves and God loves you!
Jenny Marsh
Fri, 11/05/2021 - 02:21 PM
Jenny Marsh
Thank you Sacred Heart if Jesus for believing in me when I doubt myself. Thank you for all the opportunities coming my way snd to embrace them and not fear them because of pride of failing. Keep my heart pure and that I am nothing without you. Thank you for the children you have given me to mind and guide and when their time comes that they can fly with your protection and archangel Michael’s protection. Thank you for helping with finances, health and self doubt but most of all Jesus for your love protection and guidance always. Jesus, I trust in you, Jesus I love you. Thank you for the gift of life this day x
Julia Burns
Mon, 11/15/2021 - 05:15 AM
Julia Burns
Please pray for protection of my granddaughter dear Sacred Heart of Jesus as her parents struggle with saving their marriage.
Promise to publish
Tue, 11/16/2021 - 02:34 AM
Promise to publish
Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked for many favors. This time I ask for this special one. Take it, Dear Heart Of Jesus, and place it within Your own broken heart where Your Father will see it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become Your favor, not mine. Say for 3 days and promise publication.AM
Fri, 11/19/2021 - 05:56 AM
Thank you, Jesus for the healing that my son is experiencing after a recent stroke. Help to find a job that will be fruitful for his body and soul.
Tue, 05/03/2022 - 10:44 PM
Please pray for me that my crushing anxiety disorder will lift and never return. The Lord had delivered me from it, but I was ungrateful and turned back to sin. I believe, as a loving Father, he has given me this back as a well deserved chastisement. Please pray that the Lord will have mercy upon me and heal me again.
Promise to publish
Wed, 05/25/2022 - 05:10 PM
Promise to publish
Trusted prayer in a time of need: Dear Sacred Heart of Jesus, in the past, I have asked for many favors. This time I ask for a very special one. (Here mention your request.) Take it, dear Jesus, and place it within your own broken heart, where your Father sees it. Then, in his merciful eyes, it will become your favor and not mine. Amen. Say for three days and promise to publish.
Thane Coxon
Sat, 06/04/2022 - 04:46 PM
Thane Coxon
These prayers to the Sacred Heart are violations of the 8th anathema of St. Cyril of Alexandria.
Thu, 06/23/2022 - 11:13 PM
Prayers to find a job closer to home and home mortgage assistance and a car for me and my husband to get around in and help I can get back in church and bring my grandson to practice and keep me Prayers up
Okotie Maryjane
Wed, 06/29/2022 - 01:05 AM
Okotie Maryjane
Please pray for me to the heart of Jesus to come to my aid in paying my bills, finding an apartment and healing to all my family members who are sick.
Fri, 07/15/2022 - 04:27 PM
Please pray for my brother Ernest. That the light of Christ may shine in his life to give him purpose and direction. That the love of Christ may erupt in him love for Christ and His church.
Wed, 08/03/2022 - 06:17 AM
Please pray for the crippling anxiety I face at work, and that I may have strength to continue my career as long as God wills it. I pray for each and every one of your intentions on this page, and ask God to give each of you strength, faith and love.
Mon, 08/08/2022 - 09:14 PM
Please pray for healing for my husband and friend, Joan, who is suffering through cancer treatments. Thank you.
Thu, 08/18/2022 - 07:25 AM
Please pray for my grandson Ivan to keep away from his gadgets to concentrate on his school works and studies and become responsible . Thank you.
Thu, 08/25/2022 - 11:06 AM
Please pray for Tori, she has made a life altering decision for an elective surgery that she should not be having. Pray that her soul is healed and that her mind is freed from the outside powers that may be influencing her to make this decision. Thank you!
Sat, 09/24/2022 - 06:47 AM
I ask for prayers to solve economic problems on the family restaurant "the seven arches" founded by my grandparents who immigrated to Connecticut on their return to Italy.

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