In this Sunday’s Gospel Jesus encourages his disciples to pray with childlike trust and teaches them the Lord’s Prayer. Perhaps one helpful way to mediate on the Lord’s prayer could be to take it one line at a time.

When our faith is weak, Lord, teach us to pray: Our Father who art in heaven.

 When we are inclined to forget about you, Lord, teach us to pray: hallowed be thy name.

When we feel pessimistic about our lives and the state of the world, Lord, teach us to pray: thy kingdom come.

When we have difficult decisions to make and we are tempted to take the easy way out, Lord, teach us to pray: thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

When we complain about little upsets and forget that people are poor or hungry, Lord, teach us to pray: give us this day our daily bread.

When we are worried about our sin and find it hard to forgive those who sin against us, Lord, teach us to pray: forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

 When we are troubled by temptation, Lord, teach us to pray: lead us not into temptation.

 When we find it hard to cope, Lord, teach us to pray: deliver us from evil.

 When we are preoccupied with ourselves and our own glory, Lord, teach us to pray: For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever.

 The Gospel goes on to let us know that God will not hold out on us. In the First Reading we hear how God listens to Abraham’s persistent prayer. This teaches us that we can talk to God about anything.

Fr. Alan