Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/061815.cfm
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.”
“Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” It seems like we forget this when we live our life and especially when we pray. We think we can hide our sins from the Father, but He is there when we commit them. And, we think He does not know what we need so we give Him our orders. “I need this, that or the other thing.” He knows what we need, but He wants us to ask – not demand – our special needs. How do you pray? Do you ask or demand?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to always remember to ask you as a loving Father for what I desire, not demand that you fulfill my request. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth, Alleluia!