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24 February 2015

 

Read today's Gospel Reading: Matthew 6.7-15

The good news here is that we can all join in praying the way in which Jesus prayed. This is a huge privilege – we are walking on holy ground.

This prayer is all about honouring who God is; doing his will perfectly; depending totally on God for the wellebing of our human flourishing; asking for God's constant forgiveness; and forgiving others as God in Jesus Christ has forgiven us.

And our desire is to see God’s purposes worked out – on earth as in heaven. What a challenge, and what a difference that would make finding a new freedom, a new confidence.

More than a prayer to be said, it changes our attitude to life. It gives us a way of living as God created us to live and gave us the power to do so by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Following Jesus into this new life isn’t complicated. Say the Lord’s prayer, and ask for the grace to live it.

Find someone to say the Lord’s Prayer with today.

 

Today’s Gospel Reading is Matthew 6.7-15

‘When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

‘Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us to the time of trial,
but rescue us from the evil one.


For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.'