Blessing Of A Barn And Stored Harvest

O Lord, Almighty God,
Thou dost not cease to give many riches
in the dew that falls from heaven,
and nourishment for life in fertility of the soil.
We give thanks to Thy most gracious majesty
for the fruits of the field
which we have harvested,
and we pray that Thou wouldst bless
and preserve these fruits
which we have received from Thy hand;
grant us,
whom Thou hast filled with these gifts,
that we may glory in Thy protection
and praise Thy mercy forever,
and so having received (enjoyed) temporal gifts
we may not lose those that are eternal.

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What is prayer?

Prayer is the lifting up of our minds and hearts to God.

Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to the Lord in the heavens. (Lamentations 3:41)

How do we know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly?

We know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly because Our Lord has promised: “If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you.”

And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, in order that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)

Why do we not always obtain what we pray for?

We do not always obtain what we pray for, either because we have not prayed properly or because God sees that what we are asking would not be for our good.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your passions. (James 4:3)

Prayer from the Baltimore Catechism