How Catholics Can Pray for Financial Help

Money plays a critical role in meeting our daily needs and helping others meet their needs. It can also be a source of stress in this world, especially in times of financial hardship.

If you’re facing troubling financial times, take heart. Reflect on passages of Scripture on wealth and prosperity and come to God with Catholic prayers for financial help. As you pray for financial help, lean into your faith and trust that God will provide for you financially, often in miraculous ways.

Why Should Catholics Pray for Financial Help?

Catholic prayers for financial needs can help you through some of the most difficult times in your life. Here are some moments you might relate to regarding finances:

Repaying Debts

Debt is a constant in many people’s lives. This world makes it easy to bury oneself deeper and deeper into debt. However, to better serve one another as Catholic brothers and sisters, our goal should be to minimize the amount of debt we take on and get out of debt as quickly as possible.

The Apostle Paul says in Romans 13:8 that the only thing we should owe anyone is love. As you pray for financial help and strive to be debt-free, you can still show an ardent love for your neighbor through your faith. Be patient in your prayers for financial peace as you strive to repay your debts, trusting that God hears you.

Struggling to Make Ends Meet

You may find yourself struggling to pay your bills every month. Maybe you’re living paycheck to paycheck, unable to put money aside for emergencies. You may feel discouraged every time you check your bank account and wonder how you can press on for another month.

Remember that God is with you and hears you when you offer up your prayers. Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 that we are to pray continually and give thanks always, as this is God’s will for us. This includes praying to God about your financial situation.

Seeking Employment

For many people, seasons of financial hardship come after losing a job or during a long period of unemployment. These can be some of the most difficult moments of your life, but they can also be the moments when you prove your faith in God as James mentions in James 1:2-3.

Psalm 128:1-2 says that those who follow God’s will shall enjoy the work of their hands and prosper. Have faith that God is with you in discovering your calling and will meet your needs through the right employment opportunity.

Needing a Financial Miracle or Blessing

Some money situations are more serious than others. Maybe you’re starting to think it’ll take a miracle for you to pay your bills this month. Maybe your child’s birthday is coming up, and you’re unsure how you’ll get them a gift and still make a debt payment this billing cycle. Perhaps you’re out of ideas regarding how you’ll pay for an upcoming medical bill.

God is not a genie in a bottle, but He is a God of miracles. Say a prayer for a financial miracle today. Pray that God will intervene in your financial situation, keeping your faith in the fact that God is all-powerful and has a plan for you in your current financial situation.

7 Bible Verses About Financial Help

7 Bible Verses About Financial Help

Sometimes, we need a major breakthrough to get through periods where money is scarce. In those moments, we must remember scriptures on financial breakthroughs to keep the right perspective. Whatever your scenario, you can meditate on these passages to keep your mind and heart in the right place regarding your situation.

Philippians 4:19

“My God will supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 4:19.

Even the Apostle Paul faced periods of financial difficulty. The believers in the Church of Philippi had given Paul several financial gifts to help meet his needs during his ministry, and they were preparing to give him another gift. Paul, in his thankfulness, told the believers that God would surely supply what they needed, as God had supplied what he needed through them.

You could say that Paul experienced a financial breakthrough thanks to the generosity of the Church of Philippi. Even in your financial hardship, remember to find room to be generous to those who may have even less. God is waiting to bless you as a result, perhaps through the generosity of someone else.

Psalm 55:23

“Cast your care upon the LORD, who will give you support. He will never allow the righteous to stumble.” — Psalm 55:23.

This verse gives a much-needed reminder about some of the promises and characteristics of God. The author of this psalm, King David, states that God will give support to those who cast their cares upon him. Here’s the promise — God will never let the righteous stumble.

will never let the righteous stumble

Let this verse encourage you as you face your financial difficulty, even if it feels like you’re close to stumbling. Reflect on these truths about God, and let your worries about your present circumstance melt away in the knowledge of God’s support and care for your well-being.

Deuteronomy 8:18

“Remember then the LORD, your God, for He is the one who gives you the power to get wealth, by fulfilling, as He has now done, the covenant He swore to your ancestors.” — Deuteronomy 8:18.

The book of Deuteronomy is all about how God fulfilled His promise to the Israelites of bringing them to the land He swore to their forefathers. God gave them a land “flowing with milk and honey,” which means that it was a land bountiful with resources, opportunities for wealth and good things that would benefit the Israelites.

If God can do this for the Israelites, then He can help you in your financial situation, too. It is essential that you trust in God’s promise to provide when you are in need and remember that only He can fulfill you with true riches.

Proverbs 13:22

“The good leave an inheritance to their children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the just.” — Proverbs 13:22.

This verse reveals two opposite scenarios. The first is an example of a generous person who stores up their wealth wisely so even their grandchildren can inherit some. The second is someone who stores up their money selfishly, but they’ll lose their money to just people.

The main difference between these two examples is who the person is storing up their money for — themselves, or their posterity. Consider changing your perspective on your finances to be more selfless and just. Pray that God will intervene in your financial hardship so you can better bless the less fortunate and the people He has placed in your life.

Ecclesiastes 10:19

“A feast is made for merriment and wine gives joy to the living, but money answers for everything.” — Ecclesiastes 10:19.

Here, King Solomon shares some simple truths about life. People feast and drink wine to enjoy moments of merriment and celebration. Likewise, people need money for almost everything within society. Buying, selling, settling disputes, paying off debts — it all comes back to money. Money lets nations trade with one another and stimulates economies.

On a smaller scale, money is what lets you keep the lights on in your house and pay for your other necessities. God is aware of your unique situation and your struggles, so pray that He can give you the resources you need to make ends meet and live comfortably within your means. If you have excess money, ask God to show you the people and communities you can bless financially.

Proverbs 30:8

“Put falsehood and lying far from me, give me neither poverty nor riches; provide me only with the food I need…” — Proverbs 30:8.

In the previous verse, we saw how we need money for so much in our lives. But at the same time, money can cause some issues — both the lack of it and the excess of it.

In this verse, the author asks God to put falsehood away from him, which is something we can all understand. Then, he asks God to also put poverty and riches from him. We can probably relate to wanting to escape poverty, but why would the author ask to not be given riches?

Too often, people start to rely on their money more than God the richer they get. The author of this proverb is hinting that all we truly need in this life are the bare necessities and fulfillment in Christ. Seek to practice contentment and gratitude today, whatever your monetary circumstances may be.

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you — oracle of the LORD — plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.” — Jeremiah 29:11.

Many people have chosen this verse as their favorite, memorizing it for encouragement throughout every chapter of life. In life, you’re going to face ups and downs. But through it all, God has a plan. Remember that God wants to take you through difficult times into better ones. Whatever you’re experiencing, remember God has plans for your well-being in store for you.

Saints to Pray to for Financial Help

When you find yourself needing Catholic prayers for money problems, you can remember these saints whose lives and teachings serve as an example of how to respond to a tough financial situation.

St. Matthew

St. Matthew was one of Jesus’ 12 disciples during His earthly ministry. He was a tax collector, so he was well aware of financial matters. When Jesus called St. Matthew to follow Him, he was sitting at his tax booth doing his regular routine. From that moment forward, St. Matthew’s life would change forever. He would go on to write the first book of the New Testament and eventually be martyred for his faith.

Today, Catholics venerate St. Matthew as the patron saint of finances. This makes him a great option to remember as a saint for financial blessings. Remember him in your prayers today as you seek financial blessings in your life.

Jude Thaddeus

St. Jude Thaddeus

When Catholics find themselves in dire financial situations, they can look to St. Jude Thaddeus for help and encouragement. One of the 12 disciples of Jesus, St. Jude is the patron saint of impossible tasks and hopeless causes. Let’s face it — many of our most hopeless moments and impossible tasks connect in some way to finances.

As a Catholic, you can pray to St. Jude Thaddeus for relief from your money woes. When you need hope and it feels like you’re stuck in your financial discomfort, remember St. Jude in your prayers. He represents the hope we have in Christ and that deliverance is only one intercession away.

St. Expeditus

St. Expeditus is the patron saint of urgent causes. Before being martyred in the third century AD, he chose to become a Christian and live his life for God. The story goes that on the day he decided to dedicate his life to God, Satan came to him in the form of a serpent or a crow and told him to postpone his conversion until the next day. St. Expeditus denied Satan, saying that today would be the day he would become a believer.

For many years, Catholics have invoked St. Expeditus when they need fast deliverance from a trial. If you’re in a financial situation where time is running out, you can say a prayer to St. Expeditus. Ask that God will deliver you from your difficulty by giving you the financial resources you need.

St. Joseph

St. Joseph was the earthly father of Jesus and the husband of Mary. As Jesus’ father on Earth, Catholics honor him as the patron saint of fathers. St. Joseph was also a hardworking carpenter, so he’s also the patron saint of workers. He always provided for Jesus and Mary, even during times of crisis.

Whether you’re unemployed or under-employed, you can pray to St. Joseph that more work will come in. This is especially relevant if you have loved ones who look to you for their provisions. Ask that God would bless you with the right job so you can keep providing for your needs and the needs of others.

A Catholic Prayer for Financial Help

If you need a catholic prayer for financial help today, then we invite you to share in the following prayer with us.

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Deacon Rick Medina is the Executive Director of Catholic World Mission and oversees the management of all of Catholic World Mission's projects in over 35 countries. He was ordained a deacon of the archdiocese of Atlanta in 2013. He currently serves at All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody, Georgia, and is active in several ministries, including RCIA, baptism preparation, Life Teen, Altar Server group, Grief Share, and Adult Faith Formation.

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