2595 The prophets summoned the people to conversion of heart and, while zealously seeking theface of God, like Elijah, they intercededfor the people.

2596 The Psalms constitute the masterwork of prayer in the Old Testament. They present two inseparable qualities: the personal, and the communal.
They extend to all dimensions of history, recalling God’s promises already fulfilled, and looking for the coming of the Messiah. 2597 Prayed and fulfllled in Christ, the Psalms are an essential and permanent element of the prayer of the Church. They are suitable for men of every condition and time.

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2598 The drama of prayer is fully revealed to us in the Word who became flesh and dwells among us. To seek to understand his prayer through what his witnesses proclaim to us in the Gospel is to approach the holy Lord Jesus as Moses approached the burning bush: first to contemplate him in prayer, then to hear how he teaches us to pray, in order to know how he hears our prayer.

Jesus prays

2599 The Son of God who became Son of the Virgin also learned to pray according to his human heart. He learns the formulas of prayer from his mother, who kept in her heart and meditated upon all the ‘great things’ done by the Almighty.4’ He learns to pray in the words and rhythms of the prayer of his people, in the Synagogue at Nazareth and the Temple at Jerusalem. But his prayer 584 springs from an otherwise secret source, as he intimates at the age of twelve: ‘I must be in my Father’s house.’42 Here the newness of ~ prayer in the fullness of time begins to be revealed; his filial pra yer, which the Father awaits from his children, is finally going to be lived out by the only Son in his humanity, with and for men. 2600 The Gospel according to St Luke emphasizes the action of the Holy Spirit and the meaning of prayer in Christ’s ministry. Jesus prays before the decisive moments of his mission: before his Father’s witness to him during his baptism and Transfiguration, 535, 554 and before his own fulfilment of the Father’s plan of love by his Passion.43 He also prays before the decisive moments involving 612 the mission of his apostles: at his election and call of the Twelve, 858