Simple Prayer

March 7, 2017

Jesus said to his disciples:
“In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This is how you are to 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 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.’ (Matthew 6:7-15)

The Lord’s Prayer, also known as the Our Father, was composed by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. This magnificent prayer beautifully reflects the wishes of its Divine Author. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told His disciples “do not babble” or get caught up in using “many words.”

In other words, quantity doesn’t necessarily mean quality in your prayer life, especially if you’re not being sincere! We can marvel that the Lord’s Prayer sums up what we need from God, and what He wants from us, so succinctly:

The Lord’s Prayer has seven petitions. The first three (lines 1-5 above) concern God’s desires from us. The last four (lines 6-10) concern our desires from God.

Read more about the Lord’s Prayer at: http://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/the-lords-prayer.html

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