He revealed this prayer to St. Faustina and summarizes the entire Christian life.
It can be challenging to hold onto hope when faced with difficulties in life. The future may appear grim or uncertain, leaving us feeling helpless. St. Faustina, a Polish nun from the early 1900s, received numerous personal messages from Jesus, who emphasized the importance of trust.
According to Jesus, trust is the vessel through which His mercy is bestowed upon us. The more we trust, the more grace we will receive.
Trust was a recurrent theme in St. Faustina’s private revelations. Jesus stated that He is the embodiment of love and mercy and that when we approach Him with trust, we will be filled with an abundance of graces that will overflow to others.
In fact, a short powerful prayer from Jesus for those in need of hope to St. Faustina was one of the simplest, but often the most difficult to pray in times of difficulty.
Jesus, I trust in You!
This prayer is one that should center us during any trial and calm our fears down instantly. It requires a humble heart, willing to give up control of a situation and trust that God is in control.
Jesus taught his disciples a similar spiritual principle.
Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? … seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. (Matthew 6:26-27, 33)
By revealing to St. Faustina that simple prayer of “I trust in you,” Jesus reminds us that the essential spirituality of a Christian is that of trust in God, trusting in his mercy and love to provide for us and care for us in our need.
Whenever you feel doubtful or anxious about what is happening in your life, say over and over again the prayer Jesus taught St. Faustina, “Jesus, I trust in You!” Little by little God will inch his way into your heart so that those words are not empty, but reflect an honest trust that God is in control.