How to Pray

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The Gospel for today in the  Daily Office is Matthew 6:7-15.  We have been reading through the Sermon on the Mount since September 15th, this particular reading highlights one of the most embedded fixtures in Christian prayer and worship- The Lord’s Prayer.

Every day in Morning and Evening Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer is prayed following the scripture lessons and the Apostle’s Creed.  It is also included in Noon Prayer and Compline.  It is prayed in the liturgy of Eucharist after the Great Thanksgiving and before the breaking of the bread.  I have traveled all over the world, and the Lord’s Prayer is something you can count on in worship.  You might be hearing it in another language, but you know that it breaks all cultural and national barriers.

Today, pray The Lord’s Prayer with brothers and sisters across the globe.  Listen to the words with fresh ears. Live into them…

When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

‘Pray then in this way:Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matt. 6:7-15 NRSV)

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