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Efficacy of Prayers of the Just

"The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful." (St. James, Jms. 5:16)

"Finally, all of you, be of one mind, sympathetic, loving toward one another, compassionate, humble. Do not return evil for evil, or insult for insult; but, on the contrary, a blessing, because to this you were called, that you might inherit a blessing. For: 'Whoever would love life and see good days must keep the tongue from evil and the lips from speaking deceit, must turn from evil and do good, seek peace and follow after it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears turned to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against evildoers.'" (St. Peter, 1 Pt. 3:8-12)

"Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a gold censer. He was given a great quantity of incense to offer, along with the prayers of all the holy ones, on the gold altar that was before the throne. The smoke of the incense along with the prayers of the holy ones went up before God from the hand of the angel." (Rv. 8:3-4)

"We have before Our eyes examples of the penance of holy men whose prayers and supplications were consequently most pleasing to God, and even obtained miracles. They governed and kept assiduously in subjection their minds and hearts and wills. They accepted with the greatest joy and humility the doctrines of Christ and the teachings of His Church. Their unique desire was to advance in the science of God; nor had their actions any other object than the increase of His glory. They restrained most severely their passions, treated their bodies rudely and harshly, abstaining from even permitted pleasures through love of virtue. And therefore most deservedly could they have said with the Apostle Paul, our conversation is in Heaven: hence the potent efficacy of their prayers in appeasing and in supplicating the Divine Majesty." (Pope Leo XIII, "Octobri Mense", 1891)

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God Gives Good Things to Those Who Ask

"[If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" (Mt. 7:11)] He says good things, because God does not give all things to them that ask Him, but only good things." (Psuedo-Chrys, as quoted by St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church)

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No Prayer is Lost

"No prayer is ever lost." (St. John Vianney)

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Perseverance in Prayer

"For if you persevere in asking, without doubt you will receive what you ask for." (St. Bede the Venerable, Doctor of the Church)

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Sharing Others' Joy

"Rejoice with those who rejoice...." (St. Paul, Rom. 12:15)

"It belongs to the same virtue to love a man and to rejoice about him, since joy results from love... wherefore love is reckoned a virtue, rather than joy, which is an effect of love." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

"[W]hen many rejoice together, each one has more exuberant joy, for they are kindled and inflamed one by the other." (St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church)

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Zacharias' Answered Prayer

"But the angel said to him, 'Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John.'" (Lk. 1:13)

"Divine mercy is ever full and overflowing, not narrowed to a single gift, but pouring in an abundant store of blessings; as in this case, where first the fruit of his prayer is promised; and next, that his barren wife shall bear a child, whose name is announced as follows; 'And you shall call his name John'. (Lk. 1:13)" (St. Ambrose, Doctor of the Church)

"The angel not only soothes [Zacharias'] fears, but gladdens him with good tidings, adding, 'For your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth shall bear a son.' (Lk. 1:13)" [Origen ("the greatest scholar of Christian antiquity" - although he would eventually be excommunicated and be regarded as a heretic), 3rd century A.D.]

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"With expectation, I have waited for the Lord, and he was attentive to me: and he heard my prayer; and he put a new canticle into my mouth, a song to our God." (Offertory)

"Nor can we, for a moment, doubt that God in His goodness awaits and is at all times ready to hear our petitions - a truth to which the Sacred Scriptures bear ample testimony. Since, however, the texts are easy of access, we shall content ourselves with citing as an example the words of Isaias: Then shalt thou call, and the Lord will hear: thou shalt cry, and he will say, 'Here I am'; and again, It shall come to pass, that before they call, I will hear: as they are yet speaking, I will hear. With regard to instances of persons who have obtained from God the objects of their prayers, they are most innumerable, and too well known to require special mention." (Catechism of the Council of Trent) 

"Our most bountiful Father has commanded us to beg of Him our deliverance from evil, in order that His command should inspire us with the hope of obtaining the object of our prayers. Of this truth the Sacred Scriptures afford many illustrations, so that they whom reason does not inspire with confidence may be persuaded to hope by a multitude of examples. Abraham, Jacob, Lot, Joseph and David are to all unexceptional witnesses of the divine goodness; and the instances recorded in the New Testament of persons rescued from the greatest dangers, by the efficacy of devout prayer, are so numerous as to make it unnecessary to mention the special cases. Therefore we shall content ourselves with one text from the prophet, which is sufficient to confirm even the weakest: The just cried, and the Lord heard them; and delivered them out of all their troubles." (Catechism of the Council of Trent)

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