Prayer is a way to communicate and talk with God and the saints. Learn the different basic forms of prayer in the infographic below.

Basic Forms of Prayer

Blessing and Adoration

In prayers of adoration we praise God and acknowledge our dependence on Him.
Example: The Gloria and Act of Faith


In prayers of petition we ask God for things we need both spiritually and physically.
Example: Our Father


In prayers of intercession we make requests to God on behalf of other people.
Example: Watch, O Lord (St. Augustine)


In prayers of thanksgiving we thank God for the good things.
Example: Grace Before Meals


In prayers of praise we express our love for God, the source of all love.
Example: Act of Charity