Blessing and adoration, worship and praise. Expiation or contrition is to acknowledge my sins and ask forgiveness. Charity or love. A prayer of petition is a prayer of faith to ask for what we need. A prayer of thanksgiving for all God has done. To intercede on the behalf of others. A commitment or a prayer that binds. To be consecrated, “not my will but yours be done” All are prayers.
I will ask the Father
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you always.
The gospel reading today is a prayer, it is Jesus high priestly prayer to His Father acknowledging what He has done and a prayer on behalf of his disciples. In that prayer Jesus acknowledges that His earthly ministry has past. He prepares his disciples for His passion and ascension. He prepares them for that advocate. Paul’s letter, his farewell speech at Miletus, is also a prayer. In that prayer he reminds them of his dedication, and the suffering he is about to endure. Intercession, petition, love, commitment, and consecration. Paul is the recipient of that advocate and presents those blessings of that advocate onto that Church. Both Jesus prayer and Paul’s letter show the role of prayer in summoning that Holy Spirit . Jesus’s by example, and Paul’s by practice.