“My Heart is pleased with you, and for your sake I am blessing the earth.”

– Diary, para.980

Sometimes we forget just how powerful prayer really is, when prayed with faith in the Lord. In these words from the Diary of Saint Faustina, the Lord reminds our young Sister that her prayers can – and do – achieve much.

And beyond the direct effects of those prayers, there is another consequence to them – they please the Lord and touch his Sacred Heart. This lesson was not lost on Faustina; in her Diary, she wrote –

“Now I can see how much power intercessory prayer has before God.” (para.202)

This realisation was the fruit of praying and then seeing the results. The Diary is filled with accounts of praying – for herself, certainly, but mainly the prayer of intercession offered for other souls and for their needs.

Faustina also learned another lesson concerning intercessory prayer –

“If we do not persevere in such prayer, we frustrate what the Lord wanted to do through us or within us. Let every soul remember these words: ‘And being in anguish, He prayed longer’. I always prolong such prayer as much as is in my power and in conformity with my duty.” (para. 872)

Elsewhere, she writes this –

“I felt in my soul that a certain person had need of my prayer. Immediately I began to pray.. I pray until I feel at peace.. I always pray until I experience in my soul that the prayer has had it’s effect.” (para.834)

And so in just these few lines from the Diary of Saint Faustina –

Intercessory prayer works and has greater power, especially when we pray perseveringly and with great trust, wasting no time in doing so, such that the prayer of intercession becomes our immediate repsonse to the needs of others; and it pleases the Heart of Jesus that we pray in this manner.

What, then , is stopping us from following her example?