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Prayer and Forgiveness

Reading:

Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This is how you are to pray:

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

“If you forgive men their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

Reflection:

Prayer and forgiveness are essential pillars of the Christian faith. Although God already knows our needs before we pray we still lift up our intentions to the Lord. Initially, this may seem to be a waste of our “precious” time since God already knows what is on our heart; however in the same way that marriage is strengthened by clear communication between spouses on their needs or goals in life; our relationship with the Lord is strengthened in the same way. No marriage or friendship thrives without communication, especially in such a communication drive society (phone, email, text, etc). So as we lift up our lives in prayers to our Heavenly Father we begin to see our lives from His perspective. In the same way, that spending time with a present day saint would shine light on some aspects of our life that aren’t holy and righteous.  That is when we must humbly ask the Lord for forgiveness in the ways we have offended or hurt our neighbor because otherwise we can become complacent with sin and fail to overcome areas of our sinful nature in our lives.

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March 15, 2011 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment