2. Prayer of Petition
The prayer of petition is probably the most widely known type of prayer. It consists of a “vocabulary of supplication” where we, “ask, beseech, plead, invoke, entreat, cry out, even ‘struggle in prayer’” (2629). It is a prayer that recognizes the power and majesty of God and asks for his mercy upon us.
This type of prayer should first include a prayer “asking forgiveness, like the tax collector in the parable: ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ It is a prerequisite for righteous and pure prayer. A trusting humility brings us back into the light of communion between the Father and his Son Jesus Christ and with one another, so that ‘we receive from him whatever we ask.’ Asking forgiveness is the prerequisite for both the Eucharistic liturgy and personal prayer’” (2631).
God always answers our prayers of petition, though they may not be answered in a way we expected.