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Vorige:3.1 Waarom zou ik bidden en hoe doe ik dat?
Volgende:3.3 Wat is de beste manier van bidden?

3.2 Is bidden praten tegen God?

Persoonlijk gebed

Bidden is geen praten tegen God, maar een relatie opbouwen met God. Net als in iedere relatie is hierbij communicatie en liefde nodig, wat verder gaat dan alleen maar zeggen wat je wilt voor jezelf of anderen. Ergens diep in zichzelf verlangt iedere mens naar Gods liefde, en willen we Hem beter leren kennen.

God hoopt er vurig op dat je van Hem wilt houden, zoals Hij van jou houdt. Daarom is bidden niet alleen vragen voorleggen aan God en tegen Hem praten, maar vooral ook luisteren naar Hem. Juist in de stilte, de kalmte en de rust van het gebed, kun je luisteren.

Bidden is geen praten tegen God maar mét Hem. Zo werk je aan je relatie met God, die van je houdt en hoopt dat jij ook van Hem houdt.
Uit de Wijsheid van de Kerk

What are the different forms of the prayer of petition?

It can be a petition for pardon or also a humble and trusting petition for all our needs either spiritual or material. The first thing to ask for, however, is the coming of the Kingdom. [CCCC 553]

Why should we petition God?

God, who knows us through and through, knows what we need. Nevertheless, God wants us to ask, to turn to him in times of need, to cry out, implore, lament, call upon him, indeed, even to struggle with him in prayer.

Certainly God does not need our petitions in order to help us. It is for our own sake that we are supposed to offer prayers of petition. Someone who does not ask and does not want to ask shuts himself up in himself. Only a person who asks opens himself and turns to the Author of all good. Someone who asks goes back home to God. Thus the prayer of petition brings man into the right relationship to God, who respects our freedom. [Youcat 486]

Dit zeggen de pausen

Christ is standing at the door of your heart (cf. Rev. 3:20)... But if you are to open the door so that Christ can shine on you (cf. Eph. 5:14), you must first hear him knocking. This means that every day you must escape from the turmoil of noise and confusion and, for a few minutes, be silent and calm... Even more than speaking, prayer is listening. The Father tells us: "This is my beloved Son, listen to him" (Mk. 9:7). Through prayer you will be enlightened, refreshed and strengthened for life’s journey. [Pope John Paul II, To youth in Uganda, 6 Feb. 1993]