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  1. Certainly. A significant part of prayers are requests. Take the main Christian prayer, ” Our Father.” What's in it? “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” – hopeful requests, “Give us this day our daily bread” – a direct request, “and forgive us our trespasses, as we also forgive those who trespass against us” – also,” lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil ” – again requests.

    This is what the prayer of supplication says in the Bible:Catechism of the Catholic Church:

    “The vocabulary of supplication is rich in nuances in the New Testament: to ask, to demand, to persevere, to cry out, to cry out, to” strive in prayer.” The most common form of prayer – since it is the most spontaneous – is a request. It is in the supplicatory prayer that the consciousness of our connection with God is expressed: as creatures, we are not descended from ourselves, have no power over troubles, and are not an end in ourselves; as sinners, we Christians know that we are estranged from the Father. When we ask for It, we are already returning to It.

    In the New Testament, the form of prayer called weeping, which is often found in the Old Testament, is almost never found. From now on, in the risen Christ, the petition of the Church is filled with hope, even if we are still waiting and have to turn again every day. The Christian petition comes from a very different depth; it is the petition that St. John the Baptist sent to us. The Apostle Paul calls it a “groan”: it is the groan of the whole creation in the ” travail of childbirth “(Rom 8: 22*), it is our groan in expectation of “the redemption of our body, for we are saved in hope” (Rom 8: 23-24), and finally, the “unspeakable groans” of the Holy Spirit Himself, Who “helps our infirmity, for what we should pray for as we should, we do not know” (Rom 8: 26*).

    Asking for forgiveness is the first movement of a supplicatory prayer (cf. the words of the publican: “My God! be merciful to me, a sinner! ” – Lk 18: 13). A righteous and pure prayer should be preceded by a request for forgiveness. Humility, filled with trust, leads us back into the light of communion with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, as well as with each other. Then, ” whatever we ask, we will receive from Him.” The request for forgiveness is a prerequisite for Eucharistic worship, as well as for individual prayer.

    Christian prayer supplication focuses on seeking the coming Kingdom in accordance with the teachings of Jesus. There is a hierarchy of petitions: first we ask for the Kingdom, then for what is necessary to obtain it and facilitate its coming. This promotion of the ministry of Christ and the Holy Spirit, which is now the ministry of the Church, is the subject of prayer of the apostolic community. The prayer of Paul, an apostle in the deepest sense of the word, shows us how God's concern for all Churches should inspire Christian prayer. Through prayer, every baptized person contributes to the coming of the Kingdom.

    When we share in God's saving love in this way, we realize that every need can be the subject of petition. Christ, who took upon Himself all things to redeem all things, is glorified by the petitions we make to the Father in His name. Confident of this, the apostles James and Paul exhort us to pray in all circumstances.”

    Then about the petitions in the “Our Father” prayer: http://catholic.tomsk.ru/catechism/0420.htm#s3

    In Holy Mass, there are several supplicatory prayers (the opening prayer, the prayer of the faithful, after communion-from the rite of Mass on September 16).:

    • opening prayer: “O God, Creator and Master of the universe, turn Your eyes to us and let us serve You with all our hearts, so that we may feel Your mercy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.”;

    • prayer of the priest before the proclamation of a passage from the Gospel: “O God Almighty, purify my heart and my mouth, that I may properly proclaim Your holy gospel.”;

    • Prayer of the faithful: “Brothers and sisters, in the Cross of the Lord a Christian finds strength and meaning in life; let us follow Christ without fear and bear our cross with love. Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. 1. Lord, help the pastors of the Church to bear all adversities patiently for the salvation of souls. 2. O Lord, enlighten all nations with the light of faith and lead them to Your Church. 3. Lord, save all Christians from spiritual dangers and always lead them on the path of salvation. 4. O Lord, inspire the sick and suffering to sacrifice their sufferings for the salvation of their neighbors. 5. Lord, fill us with generosity and love for those we meet on our way. O Lord Jesus, give ear to our prayers and grant that through Your Holy Cross we may find salvation, power and glory, for You live and reign forever and ever.”;

    • Priest's prayer at the beginning of the Eucharistic Liturgy: “Accept, O Lord, us who stand before You with a humble spirit and a contrite heart. May this sacrifice of ours before You please You, O Lord God.”;

    • prayer over the gifts: “Lord, be merciful to our supplications and graciously accept the gifts of Your servants, so that what is offered to the glory of Your name by each of us may serve for the salvation of all. Through Christ our Lord”;

    • before transubstantiation: “Truly holy are You, O Lord, the Source of all holiness. Therefore, we beseech You: sanctify these gifts by the power of Your Spirit, so that they may become for us the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.”;

    • After the transubstantiation: “Remember, O Lord, Your Church, which is spread over the whole earth, and help it to grow in love together with our Pope N, our Bishop N, and all the clergy. Remember also our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of resurrection, and all who have rested in Your grace, and receive them into the light of Your countenance. Have mercy on us all and grant us to share in eternal life together with the Most Holy Theotokos, the Virgin Mary, the Holy Apostles, and all the saints who have pleased You from time immemorial, so that with them we may praise and glorify You through Your Son, Jesus Christ.”;

    • priest's prayer before communion: “O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who by the will of the Father, with the assistance of the Holy Spirit, hast quickened the world by Thy death, deliver me with Thy holy Body and blood from all my iniquities and all evil; help me always to keep thy commandments, and do not let me depart from Thee.”;

    • prayer after communion: “We beseech You, Lord, that the gracious action of the heavenly Gifts may take hold of the soul and body of each of us; may it, and not our whims, always rule over us. Through Christ our Lord.”

    Thus, millions of Catholics around the world ask God for help every day.

  2. .. Ps 59: 13: Give us strength in distress, for the defense of men is vain.
    Ps 120: 2: My power is from the Lord, who created the heavens and the earth.
    … not power – a person who does not have the strength to overcome the current circumstances.
    … Jer 33: 2-3:
    Thus says the Lord who created the earth, the Lord who built and established it, the Lord is His name:
    Call to Me — and I will answer you, and show you great and inaccessible things that you do not know.

  3. Yes, but many people forget to thank him. For example, Catholics do not do this in any way and never. In the evening Catholic prayers, a request appears. And if we take the Orthodox prayer book, we will find a lot of prayers thanking God for all the good things. Nevertheless, Catholics have singled out Thanksgiving, which, although not dedicated to God, is nevertheless a matter of course

  4. All true Christians ask God for help. Even Jesus Christ asked more than once. By doing so, we show that we rely primarily on God, not on ourselves.

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