Blessing Of A Building (Public)

Let us pray in silence,
and ask God to bless us all.

(Moment of silence.)

Father in Heaven,
we thank You for this community center
which we are opening today.
Bless this building and all who use it.
Grant that all the activities that take place here
will build up a spirit of community among us
and lead to the well-being of all our citizens.
Father,
we praise You,
and ask Your blessing through Christ our Lord.

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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