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St Alphonsus of Liguori said that amongst all his works this one is the most important, if he could he wanted to give a copy to all catholics. I agree. He said that we cannot be saved except by means of prayer. He also explains how to pray. What to ask. We should ask those pertaining our salvation, he said.

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And his "Preparations for Death" is a must.
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Preparation for death by St Alphonsus of Liguori is a wonderful read. Can be gotten for free here

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Taken from the Autobiography of St. Anthony Mary Claret (PDF) Pg 50-51

First Means. Prayer
Because, as I have already said, I was driven to work for God's greater glory and the salvation of souls, I shall now say something of the means that the Lord showed me were the best and most fitting to attain that goal.

The first means I have always employed and still do is prayer. In my opinion, this is the greatest means that can be used for the conversion of sinners, the perseverance of the just and the relief of the souls in purgatory. Hence in my meditations, Masses, recitation of the breviary and other devotions, as well as in my aspirations, I always asked God and the Blessed Virgin Mary for these three intentions.

I not only prayed myself but asked others to pray--nuns, Sisters of Charity, Tertiaries, and all virtuous and zealous folk. I would ask them to attend Holy Mass, receive Holy Communion and, both during Mass and after receiving Holy Communion, to offer to the Eternal Father his most holy Son; and in his holy Name and through his merits, to ask for the three graces I have mentioned, namely, the conversion of sinners, the perseverance of the just, and the relief of the poor souls in purgatory.  I also asked them to make visits to the Blessed Sacrament and to make the Way of the Cross.

I also exhorted them to commend themselves earnestly to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to pray to her for the same three requests, availing themselves of the devotion to the Holy Rosary, on which I preached to them, explaining a practical method of reciting it. Before beginning my sermon, I would recite the rosary with all the people, both to teach them how to pray it and, by saying it together, to obtain the three aforesaid graces.I likewise taught them the devotion to the Sorrows of Mary and saw to it that on each day of the week they meditated on one Sorrow, so that by the end of the week they would have meditated on all seven.

I also prayed and had people pray to the saints in heaven that they might intercede with Jesus and Mary to obtain these same graces. I especially prayed to those saints who during their earthly lives had shown the greatest zeal for God's glory and the salvation of souls.

I never forgot to invoke St. Michael and the guardian angels--especially my own, and those of the kingdom, the province, the city in which I was preaching, and of each individual present.

I have had visible knowledge of the protection of the holy guardian angels. I want to list here some of the aspirations I say every day. I have counseled others to say them, and they have told me that doing so has been of much benefit to them.

Who is like God?
Who is like Jesus Christ?
Who is like Mary, Virgin and Mother of God?
Who is like the angels of heaven?
Who is like the saints in glory?
Who is like the just upon earth?
Long live Jesus! Long live Mary Most Holy!
Long live the holy law of God!
Long live the holy evangelical counsels!
Long live the holy sacraments of the Church!
Long live the holy Sacrifice of the Mass!
Long live the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar!
Long live the Holy Rosary of Mary!
Long live the grace of God!
Long live the Christian virtues!
Long live the works of mercy!
Death to vices, faults, and sins!

The Prayer I Said at the Beginning of Every Mission.
O Virgin Mother of God, mother and advocate of poor and unhappy sinners, you are well aware that I am your son and minister, formed in the furnace of your mercy and love. I am like an arrow poised in your mighty hand. Release me, my Mother, with the full force of your arm, against the impious, sacrilegious, and cruel Ahab, wed to the base Jezebel.160 I mean to say: release me against Satan, the prince of this world, who has made an alliance with the flesh.

May the victory be yours, my Mother; you shall overcome. Yes, you have the power to end all heresies, errors, and vices. And so, trusting in your most powerful protection, I begin to do battle not only against flesh and blood, but against the rulers of darkness, as the Apostle says,taking up the shield of the Holy Rosary and armed with the two-edged sword of God's Word.

You are Queen of the angels: command them, my Mother, to come to my aid. Surely you
know how weak I am and how strong my enemies are. You are Queen of the saints: command them to pray for me and tell them that the victory and triumph to be won will be for God's greater glory and the salvation of souls. Lady, through your humility, crush the pride of Lucifer and his followers who have the audacity to claim the souls redeemed by the blood of Jesus, the Son of your virginal womb.

I also pronounced the following exorcism Satan, with all your followers; I, a minister--however unworthy--of Jesus Christ and Mary Most Holy, command you to depart from here and go to the place where you belong. I command you to do so in the name of the Father, who created you; in the name of the Son, who has redeemed us from your tyranny; in the name of the Holy Spirit, who has sanctified and consoled us. Amen.

I command you also in the name of Mary Most Holy, Virgin and Mother of the living God, who has crushed your head.
Away, Satan! Away, you proud and envious one! May you never do anything to hinder the
conversion and salvation of souls.

Recommended Reading:
St Alphonsus Liguori - Necessity and Power of Prayer (PDF)

Recommended Devotion:
Chaplet of St Gertrude for Souls in Purgatory and Conversion of Sinners (DOC)
St. Alphosus' book on prayer is priceless.