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Christian Prayer

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Even more, what the Father gives us when our prayer is

united with that of Jesus is “another Counselor, to be with you for

ever, even the Spirit of truth.”

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This new dimension of prayer and

of its circumstances is displayed throughout the farewell dis­

course.

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In the Holy Spirit, Christian prayer is a communion of

love with the Father, not only through Christ but also

in him:

“Hitherto you have asked nothing in my name; ask, and you will

receive, that your joy may be full.”

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Jesus hears our prayer

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Prayer

to Jesus

is answered by him already during his minis­

try, through signs that anticipate the power of his death and Resur­

rection: Jesus hears the prayer of faith, expressed in words (the leper,

Jairus, the Canaanite woman, the good thief)

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or in silence (the

bearers of the paralytic, the woman with a hemorrhage who touches

his clothes, the tears and ointment of the sinful woman).

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The urgent

request of the blind men, “Have mercy on us, Son of David” or

“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” has been renewed in the

traditional prayer to Jesus known as the

Jesus Prayer:

“Lord Jesus

Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!”

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Healing infirmi­

ties or forgiving sins, Jesus always responds to a prayer offered in

faith: “Your faith has made you well; go in peace.”

St. Augustine wonderfully summarizes the three dimensions

of Jesus’ prayer: “He prays for us as our priest, prays in us as

our Head, and is prayed to by us as our God. Therefore let us

acknowledge our voice in him and his in us.”

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Jn

14:16-17.

82 Cf.

Jn

14:23-26; 15:7, 16; 16:13-15; 16:23-27.

83

Jn

16:24.

84 Cf.

Mk

1:40-41; 5:36; 7:29; cf.

Lk

23:39-43.

85 Cf.

Mk

2:5; 5:28;

Lk

7:37-38.

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Mt

9:27;

Mk

10:48.

87 St. Augustine,

En. in Ps.

85, 1: PL 37, 1081; cf. GILH 7.

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