Catechism of the Catholic Church

628 Part Four calls his disciples to bring into their prayer this concern for coop­ erating with the divine plan. 71 2612 In Jesus “the Kingdom of God is at hand.” 72 He calls his hearers to conversion and faith, but also to watchfulness. In prayer the disciple keeps watch, attentive to Him Who Is and Him Who Comes, in memory of his first coming in the lowliness of the flesh, and in the hope of his second coming in glory. 73 In communion with their Master, the disciples’ prayer is a battle; only by keeping watch in prayer can one avoid falling into temptation. 74 2613 Three principal parables on prayer are transmitted to us by St. Luke: — The first, “the importunate friend,” 75 invites us to urgent prayer: “Knock, and it will be opened to you.” To the one who prays like this, the heavenly Father will “give whatever he needs,” and above all the Holy Spirit who contains all gifts. — The second, “the importunate widow,” 76 is centered on one of the qual­ ities of prayer: it is necessary to pray always without ceasing and with the patience of faith. “And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” — The third parable, “the Pharisee and the tax collector,” 77 concerns the humility of the heart that prays. “God, be merciful to me a sinner!” The Church continues to make this prayer its own: Kyrie eleison! 2614 When Jesus openly entrusts to his disciples the mystery of prayer to the Father, he reveals to them what their prayer and ours must be, once he has returned to the Father in his glorified human­ ity. What is new is to “ask in his name. ” 78 Faith in the Son introduces the disciples into the knowledge of the Father, because Jesus is “the way, and the truth, and the life.” 79 Faith bears its fruit in love: it means keeping the word and the commandments of Jesus, it means abiding with him in the Father who, in him, so loves us that he abides with us. In this new covenant the certitude that our petitions will be heard is founded on the prayer of Jesus. 80 71 Cf. Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2; Jn 4:34. 72 Mk 1:15. 73 Cf. Mk 13; Lk 21:34-36. 74 Cf. Lk 22:40, 46. 75 Cf. Lk 11:5-13. 76 Cf. Lk 18:1-8. 77 Cf. Lk 18:9-14. 78 Jn 14:13. 79 Jn 14:6. 80 Cf. Jn 14:13-14. 672 2725 546 2559 434