ISAIAH 55:10-11; PSALM 34; MATTHEW 6:7-15
The gospel presents us with the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus gives us a model of prayer in the Our Father. The prayer begins with a focus on God. Often times our prayers tend to focus on our situations, wants and fears rather than God. This prayer comes in during this season of lent because of the central place of forgiveness in prayer. When we ask for forgiveness we are directly implicated. Thus, we too must forgive otherwise we shall not be forgiven. In line with this, the first reading reminds us that God’s word goes out and achieves what it was sent to do. So this basic truth about prayer is not empty but words that should be internalize for authentic Christian living.
Let us prayer
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.