Longing to Be with the Father
Luke 11: 1-13
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
I will pray an Our Father today more calmly and attentively, letting the Holy Spirit inspire me to see what a small thing I can do today to help the Father's Kingdom come.
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Luke 11: 1-13
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I come into your presence
seeking to know you better. I believe that you take the lead in seeking me. You want me to find you.
I trust that in your mercy you will bring me to intimacy with you. I open my heart today to receive
Petition: Lord, teach me to long for your Kingdom and your
1. Teach Us How to Pray: All of us carry a
longing to know God and enter into a relationship with him. Those who live a deep relationship with
God attract us by the peace and serenity of their lives. They know they are loved, and they can
handle the difficulties of life with joy and serenity. The disciples see how deeply and
spontaneously Christ talks with the Father, and they realize they are far from that; so they ask
Christ to teach them to pray. We, too, learn from Christ how to enter into a relationship of love
with the Father. He teaches us to put our trust totally in the Father's
2. The Desire to Be like the Father: Jesus teaches us to ask that
the Father's Kingdom come in our hearts. He reveals to us that the Father's kingdom is our home.
When we pray the Our Father, we are expressing our desire to enter into the Father's heart. We are
expressing our desire to be like the Father in his goodness, holiness, and love. Praying the Our
Father renews in us a continual conversion of heart and points us to our true home. It reminds us
that this home is within our reach, because the Father is intimately close to our lives and wants to
help us become more like him.
3. Asking for Holiness
Persistently: Jesus invites us to persevere in imploring the Father for the gift of the Holy
Spirit. The Holy Spirit brings holiness to our lives if we are docile to his inspirations. Christ
reminds us that the Father wants to bless us with this holiness. But we must expand our capacity to
receive this gift by increasing our desire for it. Our perseverance in petitioning this gift expands
our hearts. We must not tire of asking for the gift of the Holy Spirit. We must do so with great
confidence in the Father's love.
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, thank you
for showing me the closeness that the Father wants to have with me. Help me to expand my heart and
be like him. You are guiding my life, Lord. Help me to cooperate with the Father's
Resolution: I will pray an Our Father today more calmly and attentively, letting
the Holy Spirit inspire me to see what a small thing I can do today to help the Father's Kingdom
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