Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Simply Pray


 ‘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. Matthew 6:7-15

We awoke to a beautiful sunny morning in Montana. Whenever traveling, I find myself praying for those who pass through my mind and for a safe and blessed journey. I suspect no one overhears my dialog with God as it is silent, but I do a lot of listening and simply asking in prayer.

Jesus was teaching a great gathering. He asks them to be genuine and faithful in their lives and to keep their prayers simply. He assured them, ash e does us, that God asks for nothing fancy, rather the Divine requires an honest heart and an open, loving spirit. Asking simply and humbly we are promised a hearing from the Creator who loves us more than we can imagine. We are simply asked to be ready to forgive, ready to welcome and humble in all that we do.

Today I ask God to bless our journey today and the people we meet along the way. May we be humble and gentle in all that we do, modeling our lives on the life of prayer. May we entrust all that we do to the goodness of God who loves us more than we an imagine.

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