Faith Daily | 23 February 2021
PRAYER of the WEEK Lent One
O Lord, who for our sake fasted forty days and forty nights:
give us grace to use such abstinence,
that, our flesh being subdued to the spirit,
we may ever obey your godly will
in righteousness and true holiness;
to your honour and glory,
who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end.
Amen APBA p482
GOSPEL for the Day: Matthew 6:7-15
‘7 ‘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. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 ‘Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread.* 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And do not bring us to the time of trial,* but rescue us from the evil one.* 14For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; 15but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by Mary Dean
In this passage which contains some of the most well known verses of the Bible, recited by many on a regular basis, Matthew is teaching how Jesus wants us to pray.
And what a wonderful prayer it is! It is remarkably short and simple and straight to the point.
Jesus tells his disciples not to pray like many of the Gentiles. They go in for long prayers, hoping that eventually God will hear them. That is quite unnecessary, Jesus says, because our Father already knows our needs before we ask. We could say if that is the case, why should we bother praying at all? We do not pray to tell God what he already knows; we pray so that we will realise more deeply our needs and our total dependence on him.
For me, to begin with, the fact that we are praying to our creator, our “Father”, “Abba”, “our Dad” brings a great sense of trustworthiness, and a real sense of talking to and being enclosed by the One who cares and loves me more than any other.
The prayer itself is so straight forward, and yet every line is so full of instruction, wisdom for daily living….and a guide to each of us of how best to live our own lives and how to respond to and interact with others.
May we continue to pray this prayer meaningfully knowing that our Heavenly Father knows our every need and wants us to bring our praise and needs to Him.
FINAL PRAYER: Prayer NLT Version, contributed by Mary
“Our Father in heaven
May your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth
As it is in heaven.
Give us today the food we need,
And forgive us our sins,
As we have forgiven those who sin against us,
And don’t let us yield to temptation
But rescue us from the evil one.”