O my God, holiness becometh Thy House,
and yet Thou dost make Thy abode in my breast.
My Lord, my Saviour, to me Thou comest,
hidden under the semblance of earthly things,
yet in that very flesh and blood
which Thou didst take from Mary,
Thou, who didst first inhabit Mary’s breast,
dost come to me.
My God, Thou seest me; I cannot see myself…
Thou seest how unworthy so great a sinner
is to receive the One Holy God,
whom the Seraphim adore with trembling…

My God, enable me to bear Thee,
for Thou alone canst.
Cleanse my heart and mind from all that is past…
give me a true perception of things unseen,
and make me truly, practically,
and in the details of life,
prefer Thee to anything on earth,
and the future world to the present.

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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