Prayer is God’s gift of communicating with Him. Communication means communion. By offering himself to God, by giving himself to the Lord so that he is one with God, both in the sense of atuning his will to God’s and of entrusting himself to God’s providential care and holy love (and God is His Will, His Providence, and His Love), man exercises the virtues of hope, humility, and love. In hope, humility, and love, man adores and blessed God (adoration and blessing), gives Him thanks (thanksgiving), praises His Name (praise), asks Him to give him his daily needs (petition), and advocates for others as a type of meditator between the one and God (intercessions). The more the soul unites itself to God, the more it shall share in His happiness and life in the world to come, and God, wanting to give man as much of a share in His Nature as possible, gives to him many ways of communication: Prayer, sacraments, sacramentals, acts of spiritual communion, meditation, contemplation, etc. Because it is God who gives to man the gift of communicating with Himself, man can only say that God works through, with, and in him: prayer is not his to claim. But there are some who choose not to cooperate with God; rather than accept the grace of prayer, that is, rather than pray, they choose to trust in themselves, live a life of vice, and be swallowed up by the jaws of Hell. Only God can save the soul, and God, more than man, desires his eternal and absolute happiness, that is, his share in His Nature, so for man to choose to not pray is foolish and irrational.