St. Paul, great Apostle of the Gentiles,
intercede for us to God
[in favor of our priests].
You are God’s special vessel of election.
Through your intercession
we hope to receive from Him this special grace:
(here make your request)
[mentioning the name of the priest you pray for,
his ministry,
his spiritual life,
and his intentions].

God, you have instructed many nations
through the preaching of the Apostle Paul.
Let the power of his intercession with You help us
[and our priest] who venerate his memory this day.

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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