Catechism of the Catholic Church

Christian Prayer 633 For in this hope we were saved.” 103 In the end, however, “with sighs too deep for words” the Holy Spirit “helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.” 104 2631 Thefirstmovement of theprayer of petition is asking forgiveness, like the tax collector in the parable: “God, be merciful tome a sinner!” 105 It is a prerequisite for righteous and pure prayer. A trusting humility brings us back into the light of communion between the Father and his Son Jesus Christ and with one another, so that “we receive from him whatever we ask.” 106 Asking forgiveness is the prerequisite for both the Eucharistic liturgy and personal prayer. 2632 Christian petition is centered on the desire and search for the Kingdom to come, in keeping with the teaching of Christ. 107 There is a hierarchy in these petitions: we pray first for the Kingdom, then for what is necessary to welcome it and cooperate with its coming. This collaboration with the mission of Christ and the Holy Spirit, which is now that of the Church, is the object of the prayer of the apostolic community. 108 It is the prayer of Paul, the apostle par excellence, which reveals to us how the divine solicitude for all the churches ought to inspire Christian prayer. 109 By prayer every baptized person works for the coming of the Kingdom. 2633 When we share in God’s saving love, we understand that every need can become the object of petition. Christ, who assumed all things in order to redeem all things, is glorified by what we ask the Father in his name. 110 It is with this confidence that St. James and St. Paul exhort us to pray at all times. 111 III. P rayer of I ntercession 2634 Intercession is a prayer of petition which leads us to pray as Jesus did. He is the one intercessor with the Father on behalf of all men, especially sinners. 112 He is “able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make 103 Rom 8:22-24. 104 Rom 8:26. 105 Lk 18:13. 106 1 Jn 3:22; cf. 1:7-2:2. 107 Cf. Mt 6:10, 33; Lk 11:2, 13. 108 Cf. Acts 6:6; 13:3. 109 Cf. Rom 10:1; Eph 1:16-23; Phil 1:9-11; Col 1:3-6; 4:3-4, 12. 110 Cf. Jn 14:13. 111 Cf. Jas 1:5-8 ; Eph 5:20; Phil 4:6-7; Col 3:16-17; 1 Thess 5:17-18. 112 Cf. Rom 8:34; 1 Jn 2:1; 1 Tim 2:5-8. 2838 2816 1942 2854 2830 432