One day, Jesus was praying in a certain place; and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” And Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say this:
Father, may your name be held holy,
may your kingdom come;
give us, each day, the kind of bread we need,
and forgive us our sins; for we also forgive all who do us wrong;
and do not bring us to the test.”
We have fond memories of those we love. These memories mark our understanding and appreciation of their person. The disciples’ memory of Jesus is marked by His deep and profound prayer life. So much so that they were inspired to emulate His example. They asked Him to teach them how to pray. Because of this, the only prayer that Jesus taught them and us is the one recorded in the Gospel. The Our Father is simply strings of words that convey our sentiments to the Father. By itself it could not bring us to holiness. It is what happens inside, the inner transformation that matters. Jesus can only teach us the words He used while praying. It is our own personal labor to put substance to these borrowed words in our life.
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