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Matthew 6:7-15

Jesus said, "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."

Matthew 6:7-15
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    • Are you having difficulty praying just now? Confused, annoyed, dreaming? Just be still. Not knowing what to say? Try his prayer - the ‘Our Father’ slowly; or just be still, silent in the Lord’s presence. Prayer is a time of relaxing into the mystery of God’s love, letting go of tensions and worries for this period of time.
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    • This simple prayer that Jesus taught is as new and fresh today as when it was first spoken. It reveals how things are to be between God and ourselves, and also with one another.
    • Let me slowly say the Our Father, as if I were praying it for the first time. Does the Our Father act as a model for my usual way of praying?
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    • God knows what we need even before we begin our prayer. God knows us at a deeper level than we know ourselves. We know what we want, but maybe not what we need. God always answers our prayer in the way that is best for us, whether we are aware of it or not.
    • To someone who said that they could never forgive another for what they had done, a friend of mine replied, ‘Then don’t say the Our Father’. A true, and salutary, challenge.
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    • Listening to God and letting God work is the heart of prayer though we can spend much time in wanting God to listen to us. Empty phrases, hollow words and one-sided conversations do not give life. It is the action of God that is most important, not words or great ideas. God alone can transform us. Prayer is a call to conversion.
    • Prayer begins and ends with God. The Father’s will was a guiding light to Jesus. His relationship with Abba was at the heart of his prayer of thanksgiving. So he shows us how to pray. In our relationship with God we ask that God’s will be done in us, while acknowledging our weakness and our capacity to lose direction.
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    • Jesus calls his disciples to pray and teaches them how. Prayer, he says, is not a magic formula but a trusting relationship between God and myself. The Our Father invites me to simplicity and sincerity of heart. It has an attitude of complete dependency on God. Jesus says: ‘Your father knows what you need before you ask.’
    • Jesus, the petitions in this prayer put God at the centre of everything. That is how you lived. You always forgive me. May I rejoice at this and be generous in forgiving others. Let me be known as a forgiving person who holds no grudges.
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    • Say the Our Father slowly today, pondering a word here and there. Say it aloud to yourself if you are in a suitable place. Each word, each phrase can be a way of deepening our awareness of God in our lives. Let the words echo so that their tone and meaning become a sort of mantra you can often return to.
    • Prayer engages us in praise of God, in desiring God's will to be done and God's kingdom to come on earth; in prayer we ask for what we need for the day, and for the grace of forgiveness for self and others, and to stay on the path of our love and convictions. This is a main part of Jesus' prayer; daily prayer engages us in one or more of these as we grow in the likeness of the heart of Jesus.
    • Maybe we pray best when we say nothing at all! Our words can be sparing. Often we don't know what to say in our prayers, or we tire of saying the same things over and over. Maybe then we can go into silence before God, with each breath a grateful receiving of life and love; or just say some of the words of the Our Father, the prayer he uses to put words on our desire to pray.
    • Jesus gives a model for prayer in the Our Father. I pray for those who taught it to me, for all who helped me to understand it.
    • I take the prayer in the words that are familiar to me and pray that God's way of being and seeing be evident in me.
    • Jesus gives us a model of prayer in the Our Father. The prayer begins with a focus on God. I wonder if my prayer is sometimes focused on me, beginning with my situation, my wants, my perception. I take time in my prayer to see how I might better allow God to be God.
    • I pray that I may receive from God what I need and that I may be generous and free in my giving to others. I see that everything I give comes from God.
    • As I pray for forgiveness, I dispose myself to be forgiving. I make myself ready for healing by not harbouring resentment.
    • I am reminded by Jesus not to let my prayer time become too wordy, I might use a favourite phrase from the Our Father and let it guide me through this day.
    • Jesus’ prayer brings God into the centre. I am reminded that my prayer is time given to God and is not to be measured by how well I feel afterwards or what insights my mind may have received.
    • The phrases of the Our Father may be very familiar to me. I might let just one of them offer itself now; I take time to let it sink in again and take it with me through the day.
    • Debts, evil and trespasses are all brought before God and assume their proper place. I am drawn to God, being made holy, nourished and forgiven.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Say the Our Father slowly today, pondering a word here and there. Say it aloud to yourself if you are in a suitable place. Each word, each phrase can be a way of deepening our awareness of God in our lives. Let the words echo so that their tone and meaning become a sort of mantra you can often return to.
    • Prayer engages us in praise of God, in desiring God's will to be done and God's kingdom to come on earth; in prayer we ask for what we need for the day, and for the grace of forgiveness for self and others, and to stay on the path of our love and convictions. This is a main part of Jesus' prayer; daily prayer engages us in one or more of these as we grow in the likeness of the heart of Jesus.
    • Maybe we pray best when we say nothing at all! Our words can be sparing. Often we don't know what to say in our prayers, or we tire of saying the same things over and over. Maybe then we can go into silence before God, with each breath a grateful receiving of life and love; or just say some of the words of the Our Father, the prayer he uses to put words on our desire to pray.
    • Jesus gives a model for prayer in the Our Father. I pray for those who taught it to me, for all who helped me to understand it.
    • I take the prayer in the words that are familiar to me and pray that God's way of being and seeing be evident in me.
    • Jesus gives us a model of prayer in the Our Father. The prayer begins with a focus on God. I wonder if my prayer is sometimes focused on me, beginning with my situation, my wants, my perception. I take time in my prayer to see how I might better allow God to be God.
    • I pray that I may receive from God what I need and that I may be generous and free in my giving to others. I see that everything I give comes from God.
    • As I pray for forgiveness, I dispose myself to be forgiving. I make myself ready for healing by not harbouring resentment.
    • I am reminded by Jesus not to let my prayer time become too wordy, I might use a favourite phrase from the Our Father and let it guide me through this day.
    • Jesus’ prayer brings God into the centre. I am reminded that my prayer is time given to God and is not to be measured by how well I feel afterwards or what insights my mind may have received.
    • The phrases of the Our Father may be very familiar to me. I might let just one of them offer itself now; I take time to let it sink in again and take it with me through the day.
    • Debts, evil and trespasses are all brought before God and assume their proper place. I am drawn to God, being made holy, nourished and forgiven.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Say the Our Father slowly today, pondering a word here and there. Say it aloud to yourself if you are in a suitable place. Each word, each phrase can be a way of deepening our awareness of God in our lives. Let the words echo so that their tone and meaning become a sort of mantra you can often return to.
    • Prayer engages us in praise of God, in desiring God's will to be done and God's kingdom to come on earth; in prayer we ask for what we need for the day, and for the grace of forgiveness for self and others, and to stay on the path of our love and convictions. This is a main part of Jesus' prayer; daily prayer engages us in one or more of these as we grow in the likeness of the heart of Jesus.
    • Maybe we pray best when we say nothing at all! Our words can be sparing. Often we don't know what to say in our prayers, or we tire of saying the same things over and over. Maybe then we can go into silence before God, with each breath a grateful receiving of life and love; or just say some of the words of the Our Father, the prayer he uses to put words on our desire to pray.
    • Jesus gives a model for prayer in the Our Father. I pray for those who taught it to me, for all who helped me to understand it.
    • I take the prayer in the words that are familiar to me and pray that God's way of being and seeing be evident in me.
    • Jesus gives us a model of prayer in the Our Father. The prayer begins with a focus on God. I wonder if my prayer is sometimes focused on me, beginning with my situation, my wants, my perception. I take time in my prayer to see how I might better allow God to be God.
    • I pray that I may receive from God what I need and that I may be generous and free in my giving to others. I see that everything I give comes from God.
    • As I pray for forgiveness, I dispose myself to be forgiving. I make myself ready for healing by not harbouring resentment.
    • I am reminded by Jesus not to let my prayer time become too wordy, I might use a favourite phrase from the Our Father and let it guide me through this day.
    • Jesus’ prayer brings God into the centre. I am reminded that my prayer is time given to God and is not to be measured by how well I feel afterwards or what insights my mind may have received.
    • The phrases of the Our Father may be very familiar to me. I might let just one of them offer itself now; I take time to let it sink in again and take it with me through the day.
    • Debts, evil and trespasses are all brought before God and assume their proper place. I am drawn to God, being made holy, nourished and forgiven.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Say the Our Father slowly today, pondering a word here and there. Say it aloud to yourself if you are in a suitable place. Each word, each phrase can be a way of deepening our awareness of God in our lives. Let the words echo so that their tone and meaning become a sort of mantra you can often return to.
    • Prayer engages us in praise of God, in desiring God's will to be done and God's kingdom to come on earth; in prayer we ask for what we need for the day, and for the grace of forgiveness for self and others, and to stay on the path of our love and convictions. This is a main part of Jesus' prayer; daily prayer engages us in one or more of these as we grow in the likeness of the heart of Jesus.
    • Maybe we pray best when we say nothing at all! Our words can be sparing. Often we don't know what to say in our prayers, or we tire of saying the same things over and over. Maybe then we can go into silence before God, with each breath a grateful receiving of life and love; or just say some of the words of the Our Father, the prayer he uses to put words on our desire to pray.
    • Jesus gives a model for prayer in the Our Father. I pray for those who taught it to me, for all who helped me to understand it.
    • I take the prayer in the words that are familiar to me and pray that God's way of being and seeing be evident in me.
    • Jesus gives us a model of prayer in the Our Father. The prayer begins with a focus on God. I wonder if my prayer is sometimes focused on me, beginning with my situation, my wants, my perception. I take time in my prayer to see how I might better allow God to be God.
    • I pray that I may receive from God what I need and that I may be generous and free in my giving to others. I see that everything I give comes from God.
    • As I pray for forgiveness, I dispose myself to be forgiving. I make myself ready for healing by not harbouring resentment.
    • I am reminded by Jesus not to let my prayer time become too wordy, I might use a favourite phrase from the Our Father and let it guide me through this day.
    • Jesus’ prayer brings God into the centre. I am reminded that my prayer is time given to God and is not to be measured by how well I feel afterwards or what insights my mind may have received.
    • The phrases of the Our Father may be very familiar to me. I might let just one of them offer itself now; I take time to let it sink in again and take it with me through the day.
    • Debts, evil and trespasses are all brought before God and assume their proper place. I am drawn to God, being made holy, nourished and forgiven.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Say the Our Father slowly today, pondering a word here and there. Say it aloud to yourself if you are in a suitable place. Each word, each phrase can be a way of deepening our awareness of God in our lives. Let the words echo so that their tone and meaning become a sort of mantra you can often return to.
    • Prayer engages us in praise of God, in desiring God's will to be done and God's kingdom to come on earth; in prayer we ask for what we need for the day, and for the grace of forgiveness for self and others, and to stay on the path of our love and convictions. This is a main part of Jesus' prayer; daily prayer engages us in one or more of these as we grow in the likeness of the heart of Jesus.
    • Maybe we pray best when we say nothing at all! Our words can be sparing. Often we don't know what to say in our prayers, or we tire of saying the same things over and over. Maybe then we can go into silence before God, with each breath a grateful receiving of life and love; or just say some of the words of the Our Father, the prayer he uses to put words on our desire to pray.
    • Jesus gives a model for prayer in the Our Father. I pray for those who taught it to me, for all who helped me to understand it.
    • I take the prayer in the words that are familiar to me and pray that God's way of being and seeing be evident in me.
    • Jesus gives us a model of prayer in the Our Father. The prayer begins with a focus on God. I wonder if my prayer is sometimes focused on me, beginning with my situation, my wants, my perception. I take time in my prayer to see how I might better allow God to be God.
    • I pray that I may receive from God what I need and that I may be generous and free in my giving to others. I see that everything I give comes from God.
    • As I pray for forgiveness, I dispose myself to be forgiving. I make myself ready for healing by not harbouring resentment.
    • I am reminded by Jesus not to let my prayer time become too wordy, I might use a favourite phrase from the Our Father and let it guide me through this day.
    • Jesus’ prayer brings God into the centre. I am reminded that my prayer is time given to God and is not to be measured by how well I feel afterwards or what insights my mind may have received.
    • The phrases of the Our Father may be very familiar to me. I might let just one of them offer itself now; I take time to let it sink in again and take it with me through the day.
    • Debts, evil and trespasses are all brought before God and assume their proper place. I am drawn to God, being made holy, nourished and forgiven.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    Default
    • Say the Our Father slowly today, pondering a word here and there. Say it aloud to yourself if you are in a suitable place. Each word, each phrase can be a way of deepening our awareness of God in our lives. Let the words echo so that their tone and meaning become a sort of mantra you can often return to.
    • Prayer engages us in praise of God, in desiring God's will to be done and God's kingdom to come on earth; in prayer we ask for what we need for the day, and for the grace of forgiveness for self and others, and to stay on the path of our love and convictions. This is a main part of Jesus' prayer; daily prayer engages us in one or more of these as we grow in the likeness of the heart of Jesus.
    • Maybe we pray best when we say nothing at all! Our words can be sparing. Often we don't know what to say in our prayers, or we tire of saying the same things over and over. Maybe then we can go into silence before God, with each breath a grateful receiving of life and love; or just say some of the words of the Our Father, the prayer he uses to put words on our desire to pray.
    • Jesus gives a model for prayer in the Our Father. I pray for those who taught it to me, for all who helped me to understand it.
    • I take the prayer in the words that are familiar to me and pray that God's way of being and seeing be evident in me.
    • Jesus gives us a model of prayer in the Our Father. The prayer begins with a focus on God. I wonder if my prayer is sometimes focused on me, beginning with my situation, my wants, my perception. I take time in my prayer to see how I might better allow God to be God.
    • I pray that I may receive from God what I need and that I may be generous and free in my giving to others. I see that everything I give comes from God.
    • As I pray for forgiveness, I dispose myself to be forgiving. I make myself ready for healing by not harbouring resentment.
    • I am reminded by Jesus not to let my prayer time become too wordy, I might use a favourite phrase from the Our Father and let it guide me through this day.
    • Jesus’ prayer brings God into the centre. I am reminded that my prayer is time given to God and is not to be measured by how well I feel afterwards or what insights my mind may have received.
    • The phrases of the Our Father may be very familiar to me. I might let just one of them offer itself now; I take time to let it sink in again and take it with me through the day.
    • Debts, evil and trespasses are all brought before God and assume their proper place. I am drawn to God, being made holy, nourished and forgiven.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    Default
    • Say the Our Father slowly today, pondering a word here and there. Say it aloud to yourself if you are in a suitable place. Each word, each phrase can be a way of deepening our awareness of God in our lives. Let the words echo so that their tone and meaning become a sort of mantra you can often return to.
    • Prayer engages us in praise of God, in desiring God's will to be done and God's kingdom to come on earth; in prayer we ask for what we need for the day, and for the grace of forgiveness for self and others, and to stay on the path of our love and convictions. This is a main part of Jesus' prayer; daily prayer engages us in one or more of these as we grow in the likeness of the heart of Jesus.
    • Maybe we pray best when we say nothing at all! Our words can be sparing. Often we don't know what to say in our prayers, or we tire of saying the same things over and over. Maybe then we can go into silence before God, with each breath a grateful receiving of life and love; or just say some of the words of the Our Father, the prayer he uses to put words on our desire to pray.
    • Jesus gives a model for prayer in the Our Father. I pray for those who taught it to me, for all who helped me to understand it.
    • I take the prayer in the words that are familiar to me and pray that God's way of being and seeing be evident in me.
    • Jesus gives us a model of prayer in the Our Father. The prayer begins with a focus on God. I wonder if my prayer is sometimes focused on me, beginning with my situation, my wants, my perception. I take time in my prayer to see how I might better allow God to be God.
    • I pray that I may receive from God what I need and that I may be generous and free in my giving to others. I see that everything I give comes from God.
    • As I pray for forgiveness, I dispose myself to be forgiving. I make myself ready for healing by not harbouring resentment.
    • I am reminded by Jesus not to let my prayer time become too wordy, I might use a favourite phrase from the Our Father and let it guide me through this day.
    • Jesus’ prayer brings God into the centre. I am reminded that my prayer is time given to God and is not to be measured by how well I feel afterwards or what insights my mind may have received.
    • The phrases of the Our Father may be very familiar to me. I might let just one of them offer itself now; I take time to let it sink in again and take it with me through the day.
    • Debts, evil and trespasses are all brought before God and assume their proper place. I am drawn to God, being made holy, nourished and forgiven.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Say the Our Father slowly today, pondering a word here and there. Say it aloud to yourself if you are in a suitable place. Each word, each phrase can be a way of deepening our awareness of God in our lives. Let the words echo so that their tone and meaning become a sort of mantra you can often return to.
    • Prayer engages us in praise of God, in desiring God's will to be done and God's kingdom to come on earth; in prayer we ask for what we need for the day, and for the grace of forgiveness for self and others, and to stay on the path of our love and convictions. This is a main part of Jesus' prayer; daily prayer engages us in one or more of these as we grow in the likeness of the heart of Jesus.
    • Maybe we pray best when we say nothing at all! Our words can be sparing. Often we don't know what to say in our prayers, or we tire of saying the same things over and over. Maybe then we can go into silence before God, with each breath a grateful receiving of life and love; or just say some of the words of the Our Father, the prayer he uses to put words on our desire to pray.
    • Jesus gives a model for prayer in the Our Father. I pray for those who taught it to me, for all who helped me to understand it.
    • I take the prayer in the words that are familiar to me and pray that God's way of being and seeing be evident in me.
    • Jesus gives us a model of prayer in the Our Father. The prayer begins with a focus on God. I wonder if my prayer is sometimes focused on me, beginning with my situation, my wants, my perception. I take time in my prayer to see how I might better allow God to be God.
    • I pray that I may receive from God what I need and that I may be generous and free in my giving to others. I see that everything I give comes from God.
    • As I pray for forgiveness, I dispose myself to be forgiving. I make myself ready for healing by not harbouring resentment.
    • I am reminded by Jesus not to let my prayer time become too wordy, I might use a favourite phrase from the Our Father and let it guide me through this day.
    • Jesus’ prayer brings God into the centre. I am reminded that my prayer is time given to God and is not to be measured by how well I feel afterwards or what insights my mind may have received.
    • The phrases of the Our Father may be very familiar to me. I might let just one of them offer itself now; I take time to let it sink in again and take it with me through the day.
    • Debts, evil and trespasses are all brought before God and assume their proper place. I am drawn to God, being made holy, nourished and forgiven.