Gospel: Luke 11:1-13
1 And it came to pass, that as he was in a certain place praying, when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him: Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
2 And he said to them: When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.
3 Give us this day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.
5 And he said to them: Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go to him at midnight, and shall say to him: Friend, lend me three loaves,
6 Because a friend of mine is come off his journey to me, and I have not what to set before him.
7 And he from within should answer, and say: Trouble me not, the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.
8 Yet if he shall continue knocking, I say to you, although he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend; yet, because of his importunity, he will rise, and give him as many as he needeth.
9 And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you.
10 For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.
11 And which of you, if he ask his father bread, will he give him a stone? or a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he reach him a scorpion?
13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father from heaven give the good Spirit to them that ask him?
Our gospel for today is from Luke 11-1:13. This is the day that our Father in heaven taught us His prayer. This is when we are taught how to ask for the blessings from God. “Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find.” This is what God has told us to do in times when we are in dire need.
So, The Lord’s Prayer is what it meant in Luke 11-1:13? Yes, it is the prayer we are now praying when we pray. The prayer we are teaching our children when they pray. It is the prayer that we use when we go to church to attend the Holy Mass. IT is the prayer we incorporate when we pray the Holy Rosary. Everyday we use it without even knowing the effectiveness it brings with. We utter and memorize the Lord’s Prayer even without thinking.
The gospel from Luke 11-1:13 tells us a very big lesson that we must also pass down to our children. The Lord’s Prayer is a very powerful prayer that our Lord Jesus gave us when we asked Him to teach us to pray. Even though we memorized the prayer word for word, it is ineffective if we will not put all our heart in it.
Luke 11-1:13 reminds us that The Lord’s Prayer is very effective if we seek to put our soul mind and heart in the prayer. It is a guide that will bring us to talk to God heart by heart. We must put our whole being when we pray the Lord’s Prayer. To note, we must ask for forgiveness first for the sins then after that is the time to ask God everything.
Remember that when we pray, it is not important whether you utter very long words or not. What is inside your heart is enough to talk to God in a way you can express your gratitude. Then ask for everything for He will grant it. Maybe not now, not tomorrow but soon. The only thing you should put in mind is that God never fails you when you know how to reach for Him. Luke 11-1:13 tells us the importance of praying. – Clea | Helpline PH