Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/021616.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 men their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”
How do you pray? Slowly and meditatively, or racing through the prayers like you have to break a record? Have you ever thought that when you do see God He is going to ask you “What was your hurry?” Could you not spend time talking to me? When you pray the prayer that Jesus taught, think about what you say, do not rush through it and just rattle it off. Because if you are prayerful, you will be reminded of who you need to forgive. Go to them and heal your wounds, then come back to the Father.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I be reminded of all the people I have hurt and still need to be reconciled with. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!
From all their distress God rescues the just.