St. Teresa of Avila on praying “for stuff”

Often, we feel like our prayer should be only prayer of adoration or thanksgiving, and that it is wrong to ask God for things. St. Teresa de Jesus says that such an attitude is actually a form of pride. God wants us to ask for things, because it shows we recognize our neediness in comparison to Him. It is a sign of humility (Way of Perfection., Ch. 28).

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