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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Don't babble in prayer

27 Don’t Babble in Prayer

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us not to babble when we go to pray. God knows what is in our hearts. He knows our needs better than we do. Instead, Jesus tells us how to pray by giving us the “Our Father” which is a prayer that asks for our daily bread only after asking that the Father’s will may be done on earth as it is in heaven. Perhaps the most powerful part of the prayer is that we are to ask to be forgiven “as we forgive those who trespass against us.” That is very clear. Jesus gave us the example when he asked the Father to forgive the very ones who were nailing Him to the cross. Prayer, then, needs few words but needs us to forgive others so that we may be forgiven our own sins.

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