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.
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:
- 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
- Did a hole within 3 feet of your For Sale sign in front of your house large enough for the Statue.
- Place the statue upside down facing toward the direction of the front of your home. Then…
- 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.
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.