He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.”
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In today’s gospel, the apostles ask Jesus to teach them to pray after they have observed him praying. I imagine they must have noticed something positive about Jesus when he prays. They desire that quality for themselves, and thus the request.
I ask myself what that quality may have been. It does not take long for me answer my own question using my own experience. When I am true to prayer, I tend to do a better job at keeping things in perspective . . . or maybe God does that for me. I tend to better remember that relationships and love are the things that count, not what I have or what others might think of me . . . or maybe God reminds me. In the best of my prayer, I seem to enter more deeply into relationship with God . . . what a gift from God!
How lucky can I be that simply by turning to prayer, I am connected to my God; the Creator of the entire universe, the King of all nations, the Lord of all people. So why am I not more true to prayer.
—David McNulty is the Provincial Assistant for Advancement, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits
Lord, let the words of the Our Father resonate with our being. As we slowly pray each word, may we hear your prayer with a new spirit. And may this new spirit direct us in ways that are more trusting, more hope-filled and more tuned into your presence in the meandering minutes of the day.
Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thywill be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team