Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
In today’s Gospel, God shows us how we are to pray to Him. We don’t have to say a lot of words and think the more we say to God, the more He will hear us. Instead, Jesus shows us the perfect prayer and it is one we are probably very familiar with.
The Lord’s Prayer is wildly amazing, and I think it can be taken for granted. I know I do sometimes. Really look at the different lines of this prayer to the Father that Jesus gives us. Through this prayer, Jesus shows us that God is OUR Father and His name is Holy. The mighty God who created the earth, who created you and me, is our Father and we praise His holy name. In the next line, we ask for the Father’s Heavenly Kingdom to come and for His will to be done on earth like it is in Heaven. We are asking for God to send us the Kingdom and surrendering ourselves to His will over our own. Think about what it would be like if we focused our thoughts on the coming of the Heavenly Kingdom or if we always chose to do God’s will over our own. Our lives would be very different.
When we say, “Give us this day our daily bread” we are asking the Lord to provide for all of our needs, physical and spiritual. It is more than asking for some food but seeking His help and trusting that He will give to us all that we need. What graces will you need today to live for God’s Kingdom and to do His will over your own?
The last few lines of this prayer deal with forgiveness and temptation. Who are you still angry with or hurt by in your heart? Who are you struggling to forgive? Jesus tells us to ask for the Father’s forgiveness and we sin against our Heavenly Father every day. Every sin we commit, every time we gossip, lie, cheat, use others, etc., we are hurting ourselves and God. But God forgives us, and He is our model. As He forgives each and every one of us for the sins that nailed His only Son to the Cross, so too are we to forgive others for their offenses against us. It may not be easy, but as Christ says after He teaches us this prayer, what we will not be forgiven for what we do not forgive. So, take some time each day and work on forgiving all those who have hurt you. Lastly, we ask our Father to lead us away from all sin and temptation. Let Him fill you with His grace to live for Kingdom, doing His will, with a clean and forgiving heart that loves without measure.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
How often do you think about God's Heavenly Kingdom? Is your heart open to doing God's will over your own? How can you do God's will today?
What graces will you need today to live for God’s Kingdom and to do His will over your own?
Who are the people in your heart that you struggle to forgive? How can God's grace and example of forgiveness help you forgive, or at least begin to forgive those people?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
"Your will be done."
"I need you and I love you."
Step #5: Actio / Act
Today, spend extra time with the "Our Father." Really pray each word and pay attention to what you are saying. Pay attention especially to forgiveness. Spend at least five minutes at the end of the day forgiving those who offended you throughout the day and those who have hurt you in the past.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Mary Griffin, a missionary with Vagabond Missions.
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