Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
This is how you are to pray: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
If you forgive men their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”
For me personally, prayer is a relationship with God that we name it as Prayer. There we listen to the Lord and respond to him. Many of us have not yet named our God and how to name our relationship. We have not yet answered Jesus' question, 'Who am I to you?' Very often our prayer is monologue and we do not listen to the Lord. Before we start the conversation, let us give Him the Word and give Him His own place. If we do a sincere review of our prayers, we can easily discover that we are stealing the place that was meant to be with the Lord.
Action of the day: Learn to keep silence in your prayer.
“In praying, do not babble; your Father knows what you need”
Fr. Joaquim FAINÉ i Miralpech
Today, Jesus —the Son of God— teaches us how to behave like a son of God. A first aspect is our trust and the confidence we should have when we talk to him. But our Lord warns us: “In praying, do not babble” (Mt 6:7). When we talk to our parents, we do not resort to complicate reasoning, nor to using a lot of words, but they simply ask for what they need. We should always know God will listen to us because God —who is also the Father— loves us and listens to us. In fact, to pray is not so much to inform God, but to ask him for all we need, as “Your Father knows what you need even before you ask him” (Mt 6:8). We will not be good Christians if we do not pray, as a son cannot be a good son if he does not talk to his parents.
The Lord's Prayer is the prayer that Jesus himself taught us, and it is just a compendium of our Christian life. Each time we say the Lord's Prayer we let the Father to take us by the hand and we ask him what we need everyday to become a better sons of God. We need not only the material bread, but —more than that— the Celestial Bread: “Let us beg we never lack the Eucharist bread”. We need also to learn to forgive and to be forgiven: “To be able to receive the forgiveness God offers us, let us to address ourselves to the Father who loves us”, as it is said in the Mass in the preliminary introduction to our Lord's Prayer.
During Lent, the Church is asking us to deepen in our prayers. “The prayer, our conversation with God, is our best treasure, because it means (...) being united to him” (Saint John Chrysostom). Oh Lord! I need to learn how to pray and how to draw specific benefits for my own life. Mostly to live the virtue of charity: the prayer gives me strength to live it better every day. And this is why I ask him daily to help me to forgive not only the small troubles I may have to face from others but, also, the offensive words and attitudes and, more than that, to bear no malice to my fellow men, so that I can sincerely tell them I have forgiven from the bottom of my heart those who are in debt with me. I will be able to achieve it because God's Mother will help me at all times.