In prayer, the faithful God’s initiative of love always comes first; our own first step is always a response. As God gradually reveals himself and reveals man to himself, prayer appears as a reciprocal call, a covenant drama. Through words and actions, this drama engages the heart.

Catechism of the Catholic Church #2567

My comments: So the implied, but very important point, is that to pray we must realize first that God loves us.

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