If prayer has always been important to the Church, it is because it was and is highly important to Jesus. 

At their request, Jesus introduced his disciples to a way of praying that was utterly focused on accomplishing God’s will to his glory in total dependence on him. It is a far cry from pagan prayer offered for the purpose of getting what we want from the gods.

Today, we invite you to take the time to read this prayer slowly, meditatively, asking God if there is anything in it that you hesitate to ask for wholeheartedly.

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
   as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
 but deliver us from the evil one,
for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen”
(Matthew 6. 9-13).

Throughout This Day: Ask God to help you continue to pray along the lines of the prayer he taught us to pray, especially when you become worried or tempted.

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