"Please pray my husband and I stay together."

"Please pray for a successful knee surgery."

"Please pray that I may be restored back to the way I was."

"Please pray for my soul."

The prayers come 24 hours a day from all over the world to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. While the stories behind the emailed prayers are different, the sentiment is always the same: Please pray.

The sisters have been praying continuously - all day, every day in shifts - since Aug. 1, 1878. Since 2003, many of the prayer requests have come through their website.

Michelle Frazier's job is to answer the prayers - literally. Frazier is the prayer minister and a Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration associate who is in the process of becoming a nun. She oversees the prayer requests, making sure they get to the sisters. "Mechanically, it's not a difficult job," Frazier said. "Spiritually and emotionally, it can be difficult. That's OK, it's part of the ministry."

Mondays are usually the busiest because the emails stack up over the weekend. Just recently, she's received emails from New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Poland, India and Northern Ireland as well as from all across the United States from people of all faiths. "I think people just want to be prayed for," Frazier said. "It gives them a sense of hope."

The prayers for children are the hardest to read. Recently, Frazier received a request to pray for a 10-year-old girl with brain cancer. "She's a little angel," the email said. "Just recently her tumor near her brain stem has grown, and she has been given less than a year."