Thursday 22 June 2017
2 Corinthians 11:1-11. Psalms 110(111):1-4, 7-8. Matthew 6:7-15.
Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth — Psalms 110(111):1-4, 7-8.
‘Pray, then, in this way …’
Dear Lord, thank you for showing us how to pray your way. We were brought up knowing the ‘Our Father’. Most of us have been taught, practically from the cradle, to pray it daily. Help us today to reflect on it as though it were a new prayer. What do we find?
The first thing is to praise God. Then we can ask for what we really need—bread, not chocolates and champagne.
We find that in order to be forgiven—and we all need forgiveness—we must let go our cherished grudges and forgive others for any real or imaginary injuries.
Then, to keep us on track, you tell us to call on you for help in temptation.
Finally, we ask you to deliver us from the beguiling influences of evil.