The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.
O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come.
And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer.
If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord! I will keep your statutes.
What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!