Lord, I am aware that you know what is best for me, and that is why I
believe in you. You are more interested in my spiritual well-being than I am, and that is why I
trust in you. You always give me your loving forgiveness in spite of my sins, and that is why I love
:Lord, teach me how to pray.
is the Fruit of Silence:
Some people like to talk babble. They demand to be
listened, but they don't have the same interest in listening. However, you usually can't listen if
not used to silence. St. Theresa of Calcutta once wrote that prayer is the fruit of
Jesus wants us to understand that prayer is more about listening than about talking.
When you are with someone who knows much about a topic that interests you, you limit yourself to
asking questions and dedicate yourself to listening. Jesus is the revealer of God the Father. That
means our main interest in prayer should be asking Jesus, our Lord, about his Father and then
dedicating ourselves to listening.
2. Praying to God is Our Loving
Jesus tells us that God the Father knows what we need before we ask him.
Still, we should ask, because in asking we become aware that we have needs that only God our Father
can grant us. We learn to ask God what we most need for our salvation. That is why Jesus taught us
the "Our Father." Praying it reminds us that He is the father of all, and therefore every human
person is truly our brother. When we pray it, we essentially ask for three things: that God have the
first place in our lives, that he give us our material and spiritual sustenance, and that he grant
us his forgiveness.
3. Forgive in Order to and Be
Jesus emphasizes the importance of forgiveness. As the First Letter of
John reminds us, we are all sinners (cf. 1: 8). One of the essential characteristics of Christian
life is seeking to encounter Christ’s loving mercy. We can really experience it only when we put it
into practice ourselves. We can admire a person who parachutes off a plane, but we won’t understand
the experience until we skydive ourselves. We grasp the true meaning of mercy when we forgive
others. Our mercy will not be the same as Christ’s: He never sinned, and therefore he forgives us
even though we don't deserve it. If Christ has forgiven us, how can we dare not to forgive
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, I thank you for
teaching me to pray to the Father. I don't always pray as much as I should. Please help me to pray
more and better. Please help me to want with all my heart to give God the first place in my life,
preferring his will to mine. Help me to treat others as I would like them to treat me, forgiving
them when they offend me. Resolution:I will dedicate a specific time to prayer each day.