Thursday 20 June 2019
2 Corinthians 11:1-11. Psalm 110(111):1-4, 7-8. Matthew 6:7-15.
Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth – Psalm 110(111):1-4, 7-8.
‘Pray, then, in this way …’
Lord Jesus, thank you for showing us how to pray your way. Many of us have been taught, practically from the cradle, to pray the Our Father daily, a commitment we may need to renew. Help us today to reflect on it as though it were a new prayer. What fresh wonders will we find?
The first thing we may notice is the call to praise God’s holy name. We are invited to ask for what we really need – bread, not chocolates and champagne. We consider our need for forgiveness, and discover that in order to be forgiven we must let go of our cherished grudges and forgive others for any injuries. Then, Lord, to keep us on track, you tell us to call on you for help in temptation. Finally, in your presence, you are ready to deliver us from the beguiling influence of evil.