Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Our Father

And when you are praying, speak not much, as the heathens. For they think that in their much speaking they may be heard. Be not you therefore like to them, for your Father knoweth what is needful for you, before you ask him.

Thus therefore shall you pray: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our supersubstantial bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. Amen.

For if you will forgive men their offences, your heavenly Father will forgive you also your offences. But if you will not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your offences.

Matthew 6:7-15 (Douay-Rheims Bible)

Prayer Reflection

Dear Father we pray to you each day knowing that you know our needs before we ask for them. But in our sinfulness we forget that is exactly how you are. You know our needs! And to think we think you don't. How small minded we are then not to have faith in this knowledge. We truly are children in that sense, because children do all sorts of things to get what they want from their parents. Even when the parents know better. Only difference you don't cave in and give us what we want when we want it. Can it be possible that we learned not to forgive others because we pray for things and often don't receive them. Some even wonder if you exist. If they only knew the truth of that they would think otherwise. But how do we forgive others as this prayer Jesus taught us, help us. It frees us from our selves. We no longer are self-centered when forgiveness is extended beyond our sphere. When we look only for your forgiveness and don't seek it from those we hurt, what good then have we done. Jesus knew more than anyone that forgiveness makes us whole, it brings us together and restores harmony to ourselves and to others. So lets get out of ourselves and into others for a change and extend forgiveness. We will then begin to understand the depths of this prayer that Jesus taught. Amen

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