If God wants us to ask him for what we need, what precisely is it that we need?
We pray for those things which it is our duty to ask for what we should not hesitate to ask, neither for ourselves, for our friends, and strangers, and yes, even for enemies…If we pray correctly…we pray for nothing except that which makes up the Lord’s Prayer.
from St. Augustine Answers 101 Questions on Prayer by Fr. Ermatinger
When we pray, we are to pray to God. We may pray to God through a mediator, asking them to obtain for us this or that, all the while understanding that they obtain these things, through prayer, from God and it is He that bestows such things. When we pray to, or through, a mediator, we are recognizing the Household of God, His Kingdom, and His sovereignty over them. Part of God’s plan of us receiving Him and praising Him for all eternity is that this is done by our […]