Learning how to pray the Rosary with conviction is important. If you just say a Rosary, you are missing out on the possibility of having Our Lord respond to your intention. Instead, you should make the intention part of the Rosary, either bead by bead, the first decade, or the whole Rosary.
And if you are fortunate enough to be praying with a group of friends or family, you all should be praying for the same thing, so your prayers are multiplied as they pierce the Heavens.
And while it is important to pray the Rosary for the end of abortion, war, hunger, and oppression, it is most important to pray for the individual needs of a member of your group. For example, a specific person who is ill, for help with someone’s problem, for strength to carry on, or for someone’s addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling, or porn.
Listen to what Jesus said about prayer.
Gospel Lk 11:5-13
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Suppose one of you has a friend
to whom he goes at midnight and says,
‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey
and I have nothing to offer him,’
and he says in reply from within,
‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked
and my children and I are already in bed.
I cannot get up to give you anything.’
I tell you if he does not get up to give him the loaves
because of their friendship,
he will get up to give him whatever he needs
because of his persistence.
“And I tell you, ask, and you will receive;
seek, and you will find;
knock, and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father among you would hand his son a snake
when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit
to those who ask him?”
Why did the man in the Gospel go to that house and bang on the door in the middle of the night for three loaves of bread? Because the man KNEW the neighbor had the three loaves. He persisted because he required the three loaves.
• Praying requires practice and persistence, courage, and confidence. “Ask,” “seek,” and “knock” with the knowledge that God hears and answers. We may ask for the wrong thing, but we will receive what we need rather than what we want. This trust should be at the foundation of all prayers. Like a youngster praying for passing the final exam, but the child did not study. Our Lord will NOT give him the knowledge to pass the exam but will give him the wisdom that he should put the effort in first before asking for help to remember what he learned next time.
• Jesus clearly said that we must never give up praying. Our God is the source of infinite riches, and he is willing to meet our needs and then some.
• But you need to ask Him. Asking others to join you in your prayers to Our Lord is called Intercessory Prayer, and it is like prayers on steroids. Many voices praying for the same thing with passion and persistence is a mighty weapon.
Praying the Holy Rosary with others for a common goal is Intercessory Prayer.
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