Lord Jesus, you are the master of the universe, and
yet you wish to listen to me and guide me. You know all things past, present and future, and yet you
respect my freedom to choose you. Holy Trinity, you are completely happy and fulfilled on your own,
and yet you have generously brought us into existence. You are our fulfillment. Thank you for the
gift of yourself. I offer the littleness of myself in return, knowing you are pleased with what I
have to give.
Lord, teach me through the Our Father
to pray more deeply.
1. Traditional Prayers Teach Us the Correct Attitudes to Have towards
prayer could we devise than a prayer using the very words Jesus taught us here? Yet the Our Father
is a traditional prayer, a prayer with set words, prone to be recited merely by rote. But in fact,
traditional prayers are an invitation to meditate, set up in a way that appeals to beginners. In the
Our Father, as in all traditional prayers, we repeat phrases that express the essence of a correct
relationship with God. Whether we already hold these attitudes in our heart or not, the beauty of
traditional prayers is not what we say, but how we say it. If we pray these words, trying to make
them our own, conforming our heart to the attitudes they express, then little by little we will form
a Christian heart, a heart that loves the way it should.
2. Traditional Prayers Can Change My Heart and Draw It
first turned to the Lord, I had a lot to work on. Most people do. I didn't love the way I should
have. I was flawed in many other ways. One of the things that helped me was the Our Father as well
as other traditional prayers. When we first come to the Lord, we donít know how Christians should
think, what attitudes a Christian should hold. When we pray the Our Father from the heart, it helps
our heart to change, to become more Christ-like. It takes only a moment to pray an Our Father, but
from time to time, we should meditate on the words. Say each phrase and repeat it, not moving on to
the next phrase until we feel that we have really gotten to the bottom of what it is
3 Traditional Prayers Fight Off the Attitudes of the
Our conversion to Christ is a change of attitudes from those of the world to those of a
Christian. Every day, the world proposes its attitudes as something good that should be lived. But
often what the world proposes as good is actually harmful to us. How do we resist? By constantly
repeating to myself and meditating on Christian attitudes. This is what can happen in using
traditional prayers. It is a way of helping our heart understand and embrace the Christianity we
profess. The Christian who disdains traditional prayers is rejecting a powerful tool of
Conversation with Christ:
Dear Jesus, too often I rattle off my
without thinking about the attitudes they contain.
I want to get the
full benefit of all the prayers I say every day.
I want to pray these prayers more
especially the Our Father, since it is the prayer that
yourself, taught me.
Today I will pray my traditional
prayers with special attention and with the conviction that they will instruct me and change me in a
way that leads me closer to God.