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 others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”
The Lord knows what we need before we ask, but He still wants us to ask. We need to be reminded that we depend on Him! But we do not always know what we really need, so we do not need to lecture Him! We need to trust in Him and let Him be God! And we need this constant reminder to forgive others – because He forgives us! Who do you need to forgive? Yourself? Are you willing? Ask the Lord for help, it is THAT important.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the prayer that says everything. May we all remember to pray it and to forgive those in our life who we believe have wronged us. Most especially ourselves. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth, Alleluia!