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  1. 1. Christian Way of Life- PRAYER based on the General Audience on Christian Prayer by Pope Benedict XVI
  2. 2. “Intimateconversation with God, who we know loves us.” St. Teresa of Avila
  3. 3. Types of PrayerAdorationThanksgivingPetitionContritionOffering
  4. 4. Sacred Scripture: (Mark 1: 35 ff.)
  5. 5. Prayer is not learnedthrough the teaching ofothers; it has its ownspecial teacher, God, theteacher of all people whogives prayer to those whopray” (St. John Climacus)
  6. 6. WORSHIPIn the presence of the HolySpirit our union with Christ isrealized, for it is the Spirit ofthe Son of God in whom weare made children.
  7. 7. The Holy Spirit changesus, intercedes for us,leads us toward theheights of God.
  8. 8. We have no way of“talking to God” unlessHe first turns towardsus and revealsHimself, and graces uswith His Spirit.
  9. 9. DOCTRINEPrayer is a gift, the fruitof the living presence,the life-giving presenceof the Father and ofJesus Christ in us.
  10. 10. Three consequences to Christian life in living within the Spirit of Christ1. Prayer animated by theSpirit we are enabled toabandon and overcome everyform of fear and slavery, livingthe authentic freedom of thechildren of God.
  11. 11. 2. The very relationship withGod becomes so profoundthat no other reality orsituation affects it.3. The prayer of the believeropens also to the dimensionsof humanity and of allcreation.
  12. 12. MORALPrayer is above all the workof the Spirit in our humanity,taking charge of ourweakness and transformingus from men attached to thematerial world into spiritualmen.
  13. 13. Prayer andHumility Luke 18: 9-14