Read: Luke 11:1-4 Matthew 6:9-13
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. – Luke 11:1-4
Reflect and Pray:
In looking at the stories of Jesus, most of his prayers were in private and not liturgical or verbal. So, this may well be why the disciples ask for guidance in learning how to pray – they need an example. The request to teach indicates a desire to learn. Jesus prays for the coming of God’s kingdom, for daily bread, for forgiveness for our sins. It is an invitation into God’s way of living and being.
As we learn to bring all of our life and self into God’s presence, may be learn to allow God’s spirit to move and work in us to make us into the people God would have us be. Today, think about what you want to learn about prayer this Lenten season.
Quote for the Day:
“What prayer is not is an attempt to change God’s mind. If anything, we are seeking to know the way of the Divine in order that we might be changed; being a person of prayer means being a person open to transformation, to becoming more loving, peaceful, gracious, compassionate. It’s not an easy path and being open in prayer can often be a painful experience as we find and confront those parts of ourselves which we might not be keen on seeing.” -Alastair McCollum