In Prayer we communicate with God. Jesus teaches us that, when we pray, the doors of heaven are opened (Matthew 7:7). The disciples were eager to learn from Jesus how to pray. Jesus taught them the greatest of all prayers. The Our Father is the prayer of Christian identity, the prayer expressing who we are as Christians.
In his prayer, Abraham bargained with God, he pleaded for others to be saved. Jesus told us to ask…. Search… knock. We ask not because God does not already know our needs. Nor is it to twist the arm of an unwilling God. Perseverance in asking makes us grow in our dependence on God. Prayer should not be an expression of the selfishness inherent in our desires, rather it should be opportunity to appreciate God and become more attuned to God’s will. Some people are afraid of God’s will. Too often we only speak of God’s will in a fatalistic way when something sad or difficult happens. We must learn how to pray from the Master, Jesus.
Indeed, God’s will is 100% full of love, beauty, truth and the enhancement of life. The most beautiful prayer for anybody is to wish God’s will for them. “Thy Will be done …” (Mt. 6:10).
Wishing all Parishioners & Friends Happy and Blessed Sunday! – Fr Francis, MSP