Teach Us To Pray

He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” (LK 11:1).

THEME ….

Ask and you will receive. God loves you. Don’t be afraid to ask Him for what you want or need.

THE DAILY READINGS …

To read the “Daily Readings” for this cartoon, click HERE.

ACCORDING TO THE CATECHISM (CCC) …

“The Gospel according to St. Luke emphasizes the action of the Holy Spirit and the meaning of prayer in Christ’s ministry. Jesus prays before the decisive moments of his mission: before his Father’s witness to him during his baptism and Transfiguration, and before his own fulfillment of the Father’s plan of love by his Passion.

“He also prays before the decisive moments involving the mission of his apostles: at his election and call of the Twelve, before Peter’s confession of him as “the Christ of God,” and again that the faith of the chief of the Apostles may not fail when tempted.

“Jesus’ prayer before the events of salvation that the Father has asked him to fulfill is a humble and trusting commitment of his human will to the loving will of the Father.”

[CCC# 2600]


PRACTICAL APPLICATION …

Pray without ceasing (1 Thes 5:17)!

As believers, we are encouraged to have a rich prayer life. The Lord’s Prayer (or the Our Father) serves as a foundation that makes it possible for each of us to pray the way Jesus taught His disciples to pray.

Do this everyday!

DISCIPLESHIP TIME …

Based on the “Daily Readings” and the cartoon and discussion above:

  • What should I start doing that I’m not doing right now?
  • What should I stop doing that I am doing now?
  • What should I change doing (continue doing, but do differently)?

FOOD FOR THOUGHT …

While prayer is conversation with our Lord and our “fellow faithful” in the Kingdom of God, there is a prayer that is particularly special to Jesus. In His response to the disciples’ question, Jesus taught them a prayer that remains our model for prayer today.

In that prayer, Jesus addressed three points:

  • The holiness of God (worship and adoration).
  • Forgiveness for us and others (love of others).
  • The bread of life (His continuing, physical presence with us until the end of time through the Holy Eucharist).

In Christ.

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