Wednesday, June 17, 2020

This is how to pray.

"This is how you are to pray." (John 6 : 9).

Thursday 18th June 2020, 11th Week in Ordinary Time.

Jesus said to His disciples: "This is how you are to pray." (John 6 : 9).
This command makes what we call "Our Father" or "The Lord’s Prayer" normative. This means that Our Father becomes the most perfect of prayers and an example on how to pray. No prayer formulated by the Church or any saint rises to the lofty heights of the Lord's Prayer. This is why the Church has used it in its most sacred Liturgy from its beginning.

The Our Father contains all our desires and orders these desires according to a prescribed hierarchy of needs. Desire makes a man says St Ignatius Loyola. You can never be superior to the desires of your heart. So the Lord gives us the two things we are to desire most:

#1 The Holy Spirit.
#2 The Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

If you make the above two the constant and undying desires of your heart, not only will your request be satisfied but you will receive everything you need to live a holy, safe, secure and contented life.

Christians, let us believe the Gospel that declares that "Your Father knows what you need before you ask him." (Matthew 6: 8).

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