The St. Joseph Prayer To Help Sell Your House Faster

Saint Joseph is the patron saint of the “worker” and “protector”. Catholics worldwide pray to St Joseph when they are in financial need or they need assistance with a pressing need such as selling their homes.

Man praying for house to sell

Brief History of the Prayer

Most historians believe that around 1500 AD, a small group of nuns that had a pressing need to obtain land, turned to burying metals engraved with the St Joseph on them.  This ritual involved the burying, and then praying to the image.  It’s been told that later, the nun’s prayers were answered.  The act of burying the metals with the St Joseph imprinted on them, was their expression of faith, claiming to turn to God for their need, and putting all of their hope and faith in Him.  It’s a fact however, than putting one’s faith in God for his/her needs, doesn’t require a metal, statue, or any other type of man-made image.  It simply requires trust in Him & ” know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28.  In our opinion “works for the good” includes but is not limited to the sale of a house.

How Do People Use the Prayer?

Most Catholics who believe that the St Joseph prayer will actually cause their house to sell, will practice the following ritual.  Actually, even those who don’t have a faith in God, but are superstitious, will practice the ritual:

  1. Purchase a statue of the St. Joseph.  Many retailers of this statue profit from sale of these status, it is easy to find a retailer online
  2. Did a hole within 3 feet of your For Sale sign in front of your house large enough for the Statue.
  3. Place the statue upside down facing toward the direction of the front of your home.   Then…
  4. Those who believe in this practice would repeat the following prayer….

The St. Joseph Prayer to Sell a House

O, Saint Joseph, you who taught our Lord the carpenter’s trade, and saw to it that he was always properly housed, hear my earnest plea. I want you to help me now as you helped your foster-child Jesus, and as you have helped many others in the matter of housing. I wish to sell this [house/property] quickly, easily, and profitably and I implore you to grant my wish by bringing me a good buyer, one who is eager, compliant, and honest, and by letting nothing impede the rapid conclusion of the sale.

Dear Saint Joseph, I know you would do this for me out of the goodness of your heart and in your own good time, but my need is very great now and so I must make you hurry on my behalf.

Saint Joseph, I am going to place you in a difficult position with your head in darkness and you will suffer as our Lord suffered, until this [house/property] is sold. Then, Saint Joseph, i swear before the cross and God Almighty, that i will redeem you and you will receive my gratitude and a place of honour in my home.


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But Is the St Joseph Prayer To Sell A House Legitimate?

To answer the question as to whether or not the Prayer actually works or not, we’ll first need to be clear that we can’t take a subjective look at the prayer.  We can’t even look at statistics of home sale percentages and average days on market for those home owners that did bury the statue and those that did not.  Why?  Well how would you know with a 100% degree of certainty that your home sold faster by participating in the ritual, than if you opted not to?  The truth is, there are so many other factors that cause a house to sell, that it’s impossible to put your finger on any one causing factor…including the St Joseph prayer to sell a house.

So does this mean I’m saying that “there’s no way to know for sure if this prayer works”?  No, I’m not saying that the ritual doesn’t work; I’ll leave that for someone else to answer, but what I am about to claim will undoubtedly be a little controversial, especially for those whom pray to Saints regularly.   Rather than asking if burying a statue a certain way, and then reciting a very specific prayer to a statue/Saint will sell your house fast, a better question would be: Is it biblical to pray to a statue/Saint, no matter what the need is?  Let’s find out.

What does the bible say about Praying to Idols/Statues?

Firstly, the official position of the Catholic church is that Catholics do not pray to Saints directly to answer their prayers, rather they ask the Saints to pray FOR them on their behalf, in essence petitioning for them to “intercede” form them.  Most Catholics that pray to Saints, believe that Saints, because they are in heaven with God, will have more success in “delivering their request” to God than they would if they were to bypass the Saints’ and go to God directly with the request to help them sell their home quickly…or any request for that matter.

Is it true, should we as believers in what Jesus Christ did on the cross, need to go through a “third-party” to intercede for us in our need?  Absolutely not.  Jesus is our intercessor, not the statue of Jesus, but Jesus himself.  John 14:6says “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” .  Notice that He DOES NOT say “no one comes to the father except through a Saint”.  No one can submit his request (real estate, financial, relational, spiritual, emotional ect..) to the Father, unless Jesus and only Jesus is the intercessor.  Further more, because of the finished work that Jesus did on the cross for us, believers can “…approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

The biblical truth is that IF a person should feel the need to ask a Saint to “deliver” a message asking God to help Him sell their house on behalf of him/her, because they feel that they are not as worthy as the Saints, they are emphatically incorrect.  Worse yet, they are in essence denying the significance and magnitude of what Jesus did on the cross for them.  You see, by Jesus living a sinless life, and being the atonement for our past and future sins (should we accept him by faith), and conquering death, those who believe are able to say that they are Right with God or Righteous in God’s eyes.

In fact, in Leviticus 26:1 we find that it’s a sin as God says: “‘Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the LORD your God.”.

If praying to a Statue Is a Sin, Then How Can God Help Me?

If you have found yourself in a difficult situation and truly need to sell your house, then I suggest that you go directly to our Father and humbly ask him to help you in your current need.  Somewhere in the prayer I would suggest asking it all to be done in “Jesus’s Name”.  Why, because the Jesus said “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” in John 14:13.  Here’s how I would pray to Him without burying a statue or doing any other superstitious act:

An Example of a Prayer to Sell a House

“Father, you know that I’ve had a difficult time selling our home.  I know that your Word says that you will provide for my every need.  I know that you know my every need before I even ask, so I come before you and ask that you would help me in my current financial situation.  I need to sell this house, but more than that I want Your Will to be done in this situation.  So, I am asking that your Will be done, not my own.  I will continue to trust in You no matter what the outcome is, in Jesus name I ask these things”

Go Ahead, Have Some Faith

There are many, many stories in the Bible that show what even a little faith can do.  Even Faith “as small as a mustard seed” can go a long way in the eyes of God…and that’s one really small seed.  If you’re reading this post, and you are considering selling your house in the near future, let us know, because we buy houses from home owners in distress on a regular basis.

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  1. Please pray that our house sells quickly, Looking to downsize. And would like to do it before the holidays. Thank you all so much

    1. Please pray that our home sells. It’s been on the market for 10 months and need your prayers in helping us sell our home soon … than you and God Bless

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      2. i pray for you bill – stay strong and know god does miracles. I pray for your house to sell. It’s coming your way.

  2. If there is no sign to put the statue by will it still work. Does it have to be buried? Can it sit on a shelf upside down?

  3. I place all my trust and faith in saint Joseph. I,be been praying for weeks to sell this home with no results, but I will not give up.l know in my heart that my prayers will be answered.Thank you in advance st Joseph.

      1. My name is Joao, I am desperately trying to sell my home in a time of great financial need.
        I ask you, my friends, to pray with me so that my home sells.
        May God bless each and every one of you and thank you for your prayers.


  4. I too have been praying to St. Joseph since October. I have faith that my prayers to St. Joseph. Our Father, I ask that you help us in our current financial situation, in Jesus’ name. Amen

  5. I have been praying to St. Joseph since October. Father, I pray for you help in selling our house and alleviating our financial burden, in Jesus’ name. Amen

  6. Please Dear St. Joseph please help us with the sale of this house! It has not been good for us Mentally Physically and spiritual! I have bury your statue as I have done before! I implore you to please help us move ahead!

  7. No No, that isn’t Protestant bull s***. It is in the Bible and the Bible is God’s Word. God’s Word is truth. Look up the scriptures stated in the article, is all there. God Bless you and keep you.

  8. Please pray that our house sells quickly, Looking to downsize. Our home goes up for sell this summer . Thank you 🙏🏼🙏🏼

    1. Please st Joseph please help that my house gets sold
      And my house on the plot gets hired
      Please st Joseph hear my prayer
      I trust in you

  9. We will pray to St. Joseph to sell our big house and look for a smaller home. We will
    place St. Joseph upside down (wrapped so as not to damage) buried, and say a
    prayer daily. With the hopes this house will sell very soon. March 28,2019

  10. St Joseph please let 3318 Merrell Road sell quickly, it’s been on the market for over 3 months and has not sold. You know my financial situation we need a buyer quickly so that we can close on this property. St Joseph, you have helped before please help me now. Thank you, St Joseph

  11. Dear Lord,
    May Heidi get a good job with the Veterans Office in the Midwest…
    May I sell my house soon profitably

  12. Dear St Joseph, U thank you for previously helping me sell my house in NJ and 3 mobile homes in NV. Now I”m begging you to please let the house at 3318 Merrell Road, Dallas, TX sell quickly, it’s been on the market for over 4 months without one offer. The price has been dropped a few time but still nothing, please ST Joseph I need this home to be sold so I can get back my gap funding money and the investor pays back the other lender, St Joseph please answer my prayers, thanking you in advance and with much faith in my heart. TRS

  13. Humbly coming to you- pls pray today goes well and that next Friday we are singing joyful sounds to the lord. I need to sell my home so I can move on.

  14. This article conveys the common conception that Catholics pray to saints and idols. The truth is we don’t pray to saints but ask them to pray for us. Many Christians ask friends and families to pray for them in times of need. Asking Our Blessed Mother and the saints to pray for us is no different.

    1. So true! Thank you for clarifying. Isn’t it amazing that when our life on this earth comes to an end we will join these saints and our entire heavenly family. Better to acquaint ourselves with them here on earth. Amen

  15. Dear Jesus, I beg of you to please intercede with our heavenly father for me. Please bring me a serious buyer with a decent offer. Please ask the father for me, I need to sell my home in San Antonio. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

  16. Dear St. Joseph,
    Please help Heather and Paul sell their house at a reasonable price so they can grow in space. The family needs more room and bathrooms, so please help them to find a forever home after the sell of their present home. Heather and family will and have given you a place in their home with your faithful wife Mother Mary, and her child Jesus. Thank you for the many blessings bestowed on this family.

  17. Pleae St. Joseph Help Jesse and us to sell his house soon and if possible for a good price , please protect his home. thank you St Joseph I am confident that you will hear our plea and willl be our realtor and will help us.
    Love you St Joseph

  18. To the author of this post, some of the important details were left out of this history. In faith the nuns Saint Teresa of Avila’s, Carmelite order, went out in search of property for their new convent. Upon finding the desired property they didn’t have money to purchase and no place stay. Carrying with them few possessions and a statue of their Patron, Saint Joseph (the foster father of Jesus Christ), they buried the statue in the ground of the desired property so as to protect it from damage or being stolen (no ritual was performed as you mentioned). They prayed to Saint Joseph to intercede for them in acquiring the property. Their prayers were answered, someone purchased the land for them. When the Convent was built the statue was put in a place of honor.

    Also I noticed you have an overlooked several important scripture texts mentioning
    the importance of members in the church and the authority given by Jesus Christ to assist one another. For example, Acts 5:16 “A large number of people from the towns in the vicinity of Jerusalem also gathered bringing the sick and those disturbed by unclean spirits, and they were cured”. Please note a few more: Lk 9:1, 2,6; Lk 10:1, 9; Matt 10:1, 8; James 5:15; Acts 14:8-10. I’m sure you have asked for the assistance from someone for help in your life. Oh yes, don’t forget Numbers 21:9, the bronze serpent, the Lord commanded Mose to make for the people that had been bitten.

    I don’t condone the practice of burying the statue for help when in need, however prayer is good and honoring a saint for following “The Way” .

    1. I totally agree. I found this page because I wanted to find the prayer. I was appalled when I actually kept reading. Unnecessary critique. Why anyone would quibble over the exact way to pray in the Christian church…..

  19. please I want you pray for me to sell my house fast as I truly need the money to sort some debt I owe . I own a beautiful 3 bedroom flat in Ukraine and I want to sell it pay my debt and relocate to another country but the house seem to be holding me back in the country . please ST JOSEPH help me with the sale of my flat fast and in this month . I want real and serious buyer with a good price as well.

  20. I have prayed about 16 years ago that St Joseph inter-seed for me to Christ to sell my home and it sold in 3 weeks. I am doing so now as well. I am concerned about complications with the sell,but I have been guided by a few of my friends to let go and let God, Christ and St Joseph do what they do best. I have been praying to St Joseph for help for a week, my home went on the market on Monday and I have already received an offer. I did not bury my statue – I just spoke to the St Joseph statue directly. I know that I will have a contract with no complications by this Wednesday. How do I know – because I have faith.

  21. I pray our home will sell but it will only be in the name of jesus not through a statue of any kind may the Lord continue to bless all

  22. Dear St Joseph I am praying that you will help me sell my hous e quickly for a good profit and no problems, you know my needs and my heart.

  23. We have a house overseas which is going through a Court case once this is finalised we wish to sell it I know with the assistance and constant prayers to st Joseph it will sell for a good price St Joseph please help us

  24. I buried St Joseph in my front yard and I am hoping to sell my house very quickly I say a prayer every morning I need to move out of state and my household goods only have until October 12 for free storage

  25. I am praying that we get a reasonable offer and closing date for our home. I have an injury as a result of all of the work to get this house sold. Please God and with prayers to St. Joseph also, help us sell our house timely and will a reasonable sale price.
    In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

  26. Dear st Joseph can you please go to our father and ask him a favor for my son Christopher to get to sell his house please and soon

  27. Please please St. Joseph help us sell our home as soon as possible! Our family is seperated from this and I would love for us all to be together again in Texas!

  28. Dear St Joseph,
    I humbly ask you to pray to God, our father that Alycia and Hondo’s home be sold quickly for a good price and that they also find a suitable home quickly for them with an excellent school system for their children. I ask this through your step-son, our lord, Jesus Christ. Thank you.

  29. We don’t pray to saints but ask them to intercede to God for us just like we would ask a friend to pray for us. We don’t not pray to statues but have them as a reminder of the person that they were much like carrying a picture of a loved one in our wallet or on the screen of our phone.

  30. Please Saint Joseph intercede on my behalf that our house that can Illinois sells quickly and for a good price. I have no statue of you to bury so I am going on faith alone that you will ask Jesus to help us. I need to get sold sold so the mortgage can be paid off and we Can be free of debt here in our new home in Nevada
    And I can pay my mother in law back for all of the money she spent to get us out here.

  31. Dear Saint Joseph in Jesus name I beg for your intercession for the quick sale of my house as it has been a torture for all my family as we need cash for therapy of our baby and also to get another abode near her. I pray Saint|Joseph night and day please do not desilussion me

  32. Dear St. Joseph,
    Please help us sell our house that has been in the market since Oct. 2019. We downsized to a smaller house and we are in a financial situation. I pray that we sell full price, get a mutual acceptance and pass inspection.
    Thank you St. Joseph for your help!

  33. Dear St Joseph,
    Please help me sell my house quickly and profitably. My Mother passed away last April I am struggling to make ends meet. Please hear my pray. Amen

    1. Dear St Joseph don’t let this Virus stop people from moving. They have to have a place to live. I need to move ASAP. I’m afraid that I will lose everything and not be able to dig out of the hole. Please help me dear Lord.

  34. Dear St. Joseph,
    Please help all of us sell our house quickly and profitably. Please hear our prayer.
    In Jesus’ name we pray.


  35. I would never use your service. There is absolutely No Need to Diss Catholics for this practice. Lest we forget that the Catholic Church is the “original” Christian charge, so to speak. Your interpretation of the Bible is better than theirs? Respect the rites and rituals of all Christians, heck, of all peaceful religions. Prayer is a good thing and why on earth quibble over the exact way to do this. I am offended by your discussion.

  36. Dear St Joseph
    please help me sell my house quickly. I need to downsize and have this life change come to surface. Please bring me the right buyer with the right price for me. I ask for your help and please hear my prayer. Amen.

  37. My wife and I live in a tiny town called Vanderkloof in the Karoo/Northern Cape near the Orange River. My wife is really ill, and we are trying to sell our house urgently so that she can get to the Specialists in Johannesburg who have been treating her for years. There are no real facilities here or Doctors who will understand her history. This is literally a case of life and death. Please Lord and St Joseph help us. We pray every day.

  38. If you believe this article, then never ask a friend to pray for you again! The Bible say the saints dwell among us. If they are here, they can hear us. And, like you would ask a friend to pray for you or with you, you can ask them the same! The Bible also says wherever two or more are gathered in his name… Again, if the Saints are dwelling among us and we pray with them, that is two or more! We do not “worship“ sense, we simply depend on them to join us in prayer for specific needs. If I have a friend that’s a mother of young children, I might call her to pray for me in dealing with my young children. The same goes for the Saints!

  39. St Joseph intercede with Jesus to help sell us to sell our home it is a very uncertain time with this virus causing so much uncertanity. Please let it be to someone who will be happy here.

  40. Please pray for my friend Marleme to sell her home quickly. Her home has been for sale for awhile and she now has 2 payments to make. She could really use our prayers and good thoughts to sell!

  41. Praying that my son and daughter-in-laws house sells quickly. They had to move for work and now have a mortgage and rent to pay.

  42. We Catholics do not pray to saints! This is how we get misunderstood. We ask that the saints keep us in their ongoing prayers for certain intentions. That they pray for us to the Lord our God the father and we pray in Jesus’ name. Please don’t tell people we pray to anyone other than the one true God and the Son of Man. We believe in the Holy Trinity and we do not idol worship.

  43. Pls pray for me st.joseph.i have been in poverty for 20 years.pls am bad off.i nid a lot of prayers

  44. I had a difficult Realtor, but within four months and praying the Nine Day Novena to St. Joseph, my house was sold even in the dead of Winter..The statue of St. Joseph was placed in the ground as was required..Have faith, this really works..Thank you my Father For Your mercy..Your will be done in your time..

  45. I had a difficult Realtor, but within four months and praying the Nine Day Novena to St. Joseph, my house was sold even in the dead of Winter..The statue of St. Joseph was placed in the ground as was required..Have faith, this really works..Thank you my Father For Your mercy..Your will be done in your time..This is my first post

  46. St joseph help me sell my House been on the market over a year it been stressful on my family they don’t deserve this

  47. St. Joseph please let our house be sold. It has been on market for a month and a half now and our family needs the money really badly. St. Joseph, we trust in you and we love you. Please help us to sell our home.

  48. Praying to St Joseph that our home sells in the near future as it has been on the market for over a year.Desperately need to downsize.

  49. Please pray for the quick and profitable sale of my house, as I will for yours. This city has become VERY dangerous and rampant with atheists.

  50. Please Jesus help me sell this house, I ask in Your Precious Holy Name.
    St. Joseph, foster FATHER of Jesus, pray for us!

  51. St Joseph, I am selling my house in Austin. I am nervous about it. Please grant me peace as I start this process. Let Gods will be done. Pray with me that it sells to a good person and that it goes smoothly. If it sells then I can spend more time with my mom. I don’t have the heart to put you in the dirt. But I trust that you will help me nonetheless. In God’s name I pray.

  52. I pray to St. Jospeh that we can sell our home without further issues or administrative delays. We love our home, raised our family here, but need to move on without such stresses. We ask the Lord to hear our prayers and help us with the next chapter of our lives.

  53. What a beautiful prayer! I know that the Lord will hear me and I will ask St. Joseph to intercede on my behalf.

    “Father, you know that I’ve had a difficult time selling our home. I know that your Word says that you will provide for my every need. I know that you know my every need before I even ask, so I come before you and ask that you would help me in my current financial situation. I need to sell this house, but more than that I want Your Will to be done in this situation. So, I am asking that your Will be done, not my own. I will continue to trust in You no matter what the outcome is, in Jesus name I ask these things”

  54. St Joseph,

    Please help me sell my Gainesville house quickly at the current asking price. I have put a lot of money and time into this and I need to get it sold quickly with no problems now and in the future.
    Please help me quickly.

  55. Praise the Lord
    Please pray for the quick and profitable sale of my brother’s property. He’s waiting for many years to get a good dealer.
    Thank you

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