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Luke 11:1-4

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples." He said to them, "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial."

Luke 11:1-4
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    • The disciples were looking outward at John and his disciples, at Jesus in prayer. Jesus suggests to them that their prayer might begin by looking in, by starting with our most important relationships. To call God ‘Father’ is to recognise where my life comes from and establishes me in relation to others. If I focus on my needs, it is so that I might grow in trust as I recognise who is ready to answer them.
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    • The disciples are impressed by the fact that Jesus prays. Then they want to get in on the mysterious relationship he has with his Father. So he teaches them how to have a conversation with God. God may seem silent to us, but speaks to us in Scripture, especially in the words and actions of Jesus. Sacred Space helps us here.
    • Heavenly Father, each day I depend upon you. I confidently ask for daily bread for my family and myself. And you generously keep on giving. Also I thank you for your loving forgiveness when I disappoint you. Give me a forgiving heart when others disappoint me.
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    • It is clear that prayer was essential for Jesus – for his identity and his mission. Prayer expressed Jesus’ relationship with his Father. He taught his followers how to pray, and he made time for it himself, no matter what needs and demands pressed on him. Do I do likewise?
    • The Lord’s Prayer is the model for all prayer. It contains the essential petitions for truly Christian prayer and living. Do I allow this prayer to mould me as a person and to directly influence my relationship with God and with my neighbour?
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    • I am in the presence of God right now. I have begun my prayer by my willingness to offer God this time.
    • The Lord’s prayer is my prayer. Sometimes what I ask is granted At other times I must pray for God’s grace, especially to have a forgiving heart.
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    • Many Jewish rabbis would teach their disciples a simple prayer. This prayer of Jesus has depths we never totally fathom. We can linger on every word.
    • If we call God Father, we say that he knows our needs, and wants to give what will help us most. Lord, for tomorrow and its needs I do not pray. Give me your love and grace just for today.