stated in the Baltimore Catechism...
"Prayer is the
lifting up of our minds and hearts to God to adore Him, to thank Him for His
benefits, to ask His forgiveness, and to beg of Him all the graces we need,
whether for soul or body."
prayer is necessary to salvation. As stated in the Baltimore Catechism...
necessary to salvation, and without it no one having the use of reason can be
Note that neglect of
prayer is considered a violation of the Second Commandment ("Thou shalt not take
the name of the Lord thy God in vain") because...
"...as they honor
God, who in their affliction implore His help, so they, who do not invoke His
aid, deny Him due honor; and these David rebukes when he says: They have not
called upon the Lord, they trembled for fear when there was no fear (Ps. xiii.
5; lii. 6.)" (Catechism of the Council of Trent)
stated in the Catechism of Pope St. Pius X...
knows all that is necessary for us, He nevertheless wills that we should pray to
Him so as to acknowledge Him as the Giver of every good gift, to attest our
humble submission to Him, and to merit His favors for ourselves."
According to the Baltimore Catechism...
Q. How should we
A. We should
pray; 1st With attention, 2nd, With a sense of our own helplessness and
dependence upon God, 3rd, With a great desire for the graces we beg of God, 4th,
With trust in God's goodness, 5th, With perseverance.
According to the
Catechism of St. John Neumann...
Q. How must we
A. We must pray
with devotion, with humility, with perseverance, and with confidence in the
merits of Jesus Christ.
Keep in mind that...
"It is better to
say one Pater Noster (Our Father) fervently and devoutly than a thousand with no
devotion and full of distraction." (St. Edmund)
Note also that...
"The first and
best disposition to render our prayers efficacious is to be in the state of
grace; or if we are not in that state, to desire to put ourselves in it."
(Catechism of Pope St. Pius X)
Also see here
for 'What Should We Do That We May Pray Well?' ('Quick Help' Page).
told to pray without ceasing in Holy Scripture (see 1 Thes. 5:17). This may be
done by frequent invocations of the holy name of Jesus (or other
aspirations), by offering all we do as prayer, by recitation of the
Holy Rosary, etc.
Also note that there
are some times "in particular" that we should pray...
"We should pray
particularly on Sundays and holydays, every morning and night [and before and
after meals], in all dangers, temptations, and afflictions." (Baltimore
According to the Catechism of St. John Neumann...
Q. For whom
should we pray?
A. For ourselves,
for our parents and benefactors, for the spiritual and temporal authorities, for
our friends and enemies, for the living, and for the souls in purgatory.
Note: Also see
here for 'What Should We
Pray For?' ('Quick Help' Page).
prayer is very beneficial to us in many ways. According to Dom Gueranger, prayer
is man's "richest boon"...
"Prayer is man's
richest boon. It is his light, his nourishment, and his very life, for it brings
him into communication with God, who is light, nourishment, and life." (Dom
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