Master, Teach Us to Pray
Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
I will dedicate a specific time to prayer each day
by Fr José LaBoy, LC | Source: Catholic.net
Lord, I am aware that
you know what is best for me, and that is why I believe in you. You are more interested in my
spiritual well-being than I am, and that is why I trust in you. You always give me your loving
forgiveness in spite of my sins, and that is why I love you.
teach me how to pray.
1. Prayer is the Fruit of Silence:
Some people like to
talk. They demand to be listened to, but they don't have the same interest in listening. However,
you usually can't listen if you aren't used to silence. St. Theresa of Calcutta once wrote that
prayer is the fruit of silence. Jesus wants us to understand that prayer is more about listening
than about talking. When you are with someone who knows much about a topic that interests you, you
limit yourself to asking questions and dedicate yourself to listening. Jesus is the revealer of God
the Father. That means our main interest in prayer should be asking Jesus, our Lord, about his
Father and then dedicating ourselves to listening.
2. God is Our Loving
Jesus tells us that God the Father knows what we need before we ask him. Still, we
should ask, because in asking we become aware that we have needs that only God our Father can grant
us. We learn to ask God what we most need for our salvation. That is why Jesus taught us the "Our
Father." Praying the "Our Father" reminds us that he is the father of all, and therefore every human
person is truly our brother. In praying the "Our Father," we essentially ask for three things: that
God have the first place in our lives, that he give us our material and spiritual sustenance, and
that he grant us his forgiveness.
3. Forgive in Order to Be Forgiven:
emphasizes the importance of forgiveness. As the First Letter of John reminds us, we are all sinners
(cf. 1:8). One of the essential characteristics of Christian life is seeking to encounter Christ's
loving mercy. We can really experience it only when we put it into practice ourselves. We can admire
a person who parachutes off a plane, but we won't understand the experience until we skydive
ourselves. We grasp the true meaning of mercy when we forgive others. Our mercy will not be the same
as Christ's: He never sinned, and therefore he forgives us even though we don't deserve it. If
Christ has forgiven us, how can we dare not to forgive others?
Lord, I thank you for teaching me to pray to the Father.
I don't always
pray as much as I should. Please help me
to pray more and better. Please help me to want
my heart to give God the first place in my life, preferring
to mine. Help me to treat others as I would like them
to treat me, forgiving them when
they offend me.
I will dedicate a specific time to prayer each
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