Aleteia logoAleteia logoAleteia
Sunday 03 March |
Saint of the Day: St. Katharine Drexel
Aleteia logo
Spirituality
separateurCreated with Sketch.

How prayer can help us turn back to God

Little girl hands folded in prayer

A3pfamily | Shutterstock

Philip Kosloski - published on 02/07/24

Through prayer we recognize our own sins and weaknesses, and regain the desire to go to the Source of all things in this world.
Without donors, Aleteia's future is uncertain.
Join our Lenten Campaign 2024.
PLEASE MAKE A DONATION TO ALETEIA

Whenever we pray, we should naturally recognize our own insufficiency and reliance on God. Prayer should put us in a disposition of dependency, acknowledging our role as a creature of this world.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this aspect of prayer when describing supplication:

The vocabulary of supplication in the New Testament is rich in shades of meaning: ask, beseech, plead, invoke, entreat, cry out, even “struggle in prayer.” Its most usual form, because the most spontaneous, is petition: by prayer of petition we express awareness of our relationship with God. We are creatures who are not our own beginning, not the masters of adversity, not our own last end. We are sinners who as Christians know that we have turned away from our Father. Our petition is already a turning back to him.

This is one of the reasons why prayer is so important to the life of a Christian. Prayer puts us in a disposition to correct our own relationship with God.

Prayers of petition, especially when prayed with faith, highlight this relationship and have the power to bring us back to God when we have gone astray.

If we have been away from God for some time, the first thing we need to do is simply to pray. When we pray, we invite God into our lives and acknowledge him as our Creator.

Tags:
BibleCCC PrayerPrayer
Support Aleteia!

Enjoying your time on Aleteia?

Articles like these are sponsored free for every Catholic through the support of generous readers just like you.

Thanks to their partnership in our mission, we reach more than 20 million unique users per month!

Help us continue to bring the Gospel to people everywhere through uplifting and transformative Catholic news, stories, spirituality, and more.

Support Aleteia with a gift today!

jour1_V2.gif
Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.