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.”
This new dimension of prayer and
of its circumstances is displayed throughout the farewell dis
In the Holy Spirit, Christian prayer is a communion of
love with the Father, not only through Christ but also
“Hitherto you have asked nothing in my name; ask, and you will
receive, that your joy may be full.”
Jesus hears our prayer
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)
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).
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
Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!”
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.”
14:23-26; 15:7, 16; 16:13-15; 16:23-27.
1:40-41; 5:36; 7:29; cf.
87 St. Augustine,
En. in Ps.
85, 1: PL 37, 1081; cf. GILH 7.