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The Lord’s prayer

 

Gospel Reading: Lk 11:1-4

 

JESUS was pray­ing in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Father, hallowed be your name,

your Kingdom come.

Give us each day our daily bread

and forgive us our sins

for we ourselves forgive everyone

in debt to us,

and do not subject us to the

final test.”

 

WHEN YOUPRAY.

Several momentous events in Je­sus’ public ministry are grounded in prayer, when Jesus communes with the heavenly Father. He chooses the Twelve (Apostles) from among his disciples after a night of prayer on the mountain (cf Lk 6:12-13). His transfiguration up a high mountain happens while he is praying (cf Lk 9:29). Now, the “Lord’s Prayer” is given after Jesus has finished pray­ing, when one of his disciples, in­spired by Jesus’ constancy in prayer, asks him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”

The Lord’s Prayer, also known as the “Our Father” (from Matthew’s version), is important not so much as a prayer formula as the disposi­tion it teaches when one prays to God. In Luke, this is taught to a com­munity that is both Jewish and Gen­tile. When Gentiles pray, they tend to babble, thinking that they will be heard because of their many words (cf Mt 6:7). Now that they have left behind their pagan deities to serve the living and true God, they should address God who is their “Father” in heaven, as Jesus has taught. Hence, in praying, they must pray with trust and confidence. And they do not need to babble.

After the actual words of prayer, Jesus will give the parable of a friend who comes at midnight (cf Lk 11:5-8) to show that the heavenly Father knows what we need and is ready to give it. We only need to ap­proach the Father with confidence.

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