Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 6:7-15 – ELEVENTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Thursday, 21 June 2018
This is not necessarily the exact prayer Jesus said, although it is the way He prayed. The Lord’s prayer is less as a special set of words as it is a pattern of prayer. This form of the Lord’s Prayer is more frequently used by us than is Luke’s version. An ancient Christian document, the Didache, added the phrase, “For thine is the Kingdom, power and glory”. That version was used by the Eastern Church and later by the Protestant churches.
The Lord tells us how pray. We should speak to God as a Father. We should recognize His concern for our basic well-being as we submit ourselves to His providential design. Any prayer that retains these three elements is Christian prayer. Any prayer that retains these elements is Christian prayer. Any prayer that omits them by addressing God as remote Being or by trying to bribe Him into doing our work is not a Christian prayer.
Through prayer, a deeply Trinitarian event, we allow the Word of God to become alive and active in and through us. It is our umbilical cord to God.
Jakarta, 21 June 2018
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