Catechism of the Catholic Church

Christian Prayer 657 How is our prayer? 2738 The revelation of prayer in the economy of salvation teaches us that faith rests on God’s action in history. Our filial trust is enkindled by his supreme act : the Passion and Resurrection of his Son. Christian prayer is cooperation with his providence, his plan of love for men. 2739 For St. Paul, this trust is bold, founded on the prayer of the Spirit in us and on the faithful love of the Father who has given us his only Son. 31 Transformation of the praying heart is the first response to our petition. 2740 The prayer of Jesus makes Christian prayer an efficacious petition. He is its model, he prays in us and with us. Since the heart of the Son seeks only what pleases the Father, how could the prayer of the children of adoption be centered on the gifts rather than the Giver? 2741 Jesus also prays for us—in our place and on our behalf. All our petitions were gathered up, once for all, in his cry on the Cross and, in his Resurrection, heard by the Father. This is why he never ceases to intercede for us with the Father. 32 If our prayer is reso­ lutely united with that of Jesus, in trust and boldness as children, we obtain all that we ask in his name, evenmore than any particular thing: the Holy Spirit himself, who contains all gifts. IV. P ersevering in L ove 2742 “Pray constantly . . . always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.” 33 St. Paul adds, “Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance making supplication for all the saints.” 34 For “we have not been com­ manded to work, to keep watch and to fast constantly, but it has been laid down that we are to pray without ceasing.” 35 This tireless fervor can come only from love. Against our dullness and laziness, the battle of prayer is that of humble, trusting, and persevering love. This love opens our hearts to three enlightening and life-giving facts of faith about prayer. 31 Cf. Rom 10:12-13; 8:26-39. 32 Cf. Heb 5:7; 7:25; 9:24. 33 1 Thess 5:17; Eph 5:20. 34 Eph 6:18. 35 Evagrius Ponticus, Pract. 49: PG 40, 1245C. 2568 307 2778 2604 2606 2614 2098 162