One day 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». And Jesus said to them, «When you pray, say this: Father, hallowed be your name, may your kingdom come, give us each day the kind of bread we need, and forgive us our sins, for we also for-give all who do us wrong, and do not bring us to the test».
Jesus is inviting each and every one of us to enter in to a personal relationship with the Lord. When we are not able to establish a healthy relationship with God, just like a human relationship, our relationship with God may end up with disappointments. There are certainly the moments of JOB in our relationship with God, but if we have the confidence and patience with God, then God will certainly will reveal to us His plan and the wonders that He does to us, in silence and discretion.
The prayer that the Lord has taught us, it’s a personal relationship, from where we discover the will of God. This discovering of the divine will is possible, only if we are able to find out all that the Lord has done to us and if we learn to glorify God, even in our failures and pains.
This divine revelation will help us to engage ourselves to accomplish the plan of God, for us and through us, for the humanity. It’s here that we promise to God our faithfulness and perseverance.
Today, I would like to invite you all to verify our own prayers and find out, are our prayers resemble like the one that the lord has taught us!
«Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples»
Fr. Austin Chukwuemeka IHEKWEME
Today, we see how one of Jesus' disciples tells him: «Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples» (Lk 11:1). Jesus' reply: «When you pray, say this: Father, hallowed be your name, may your kingdom come, give us each day the kind of bread we need, and forgive us our sins, for we also forgive all who do us wrong, and do not bring us to the test» (Lk 11:2-4), may be summarized in a single phrase: the best mental attitude for the Christian prayer is that of a child in front of his father.
We can see right away that the prayer, according to Jesus, is something like a “father-son” kinship. That is, a family matter based on a relation of closeness and love. The image of God as a father speaks to us of a relationship based on affection and intimacy, not on power and authority.
To pray as Christians means to position ourselves in a situation whereby we see God as our father and we speak to him as his sons: «You write: ‘To pray is to talk with God. But about what?’. About what? About Him, about yourself: joys, sorrows, successes and failures, noble ambitions, daily worries, weaknesses! And acts of thanksgiving and petitions: and Love and reparation. In a word: to get to know him and to get to know yourself: ‘to get acquainted!’» (St. Josemaria).
When children speak with their parents they try to transmit, through their words and body language, what they feel in their heart. We become better praying men and women when our relation with God is more intimate, as that of a father with his son. Jesus himself left with us his own example. He is the Way.
And, if you invoke the Virgin Mother of God, master of prayer, it will even be easier! In fact «the contemplation of Christ has in Mary its insurmountable model. The Son's face belongs to her in a very special way (...). Nobody has devoted himself with Mary's assiduity to the contemplation of Christ's face» (John Paul II).