Why do we pray?

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Gift:  Understanding – With the gift of understanding, we comprehend how we need to live as a follower of Jesus Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by all the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live.

Reading:  In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words.* Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.  (Matthew 6:7-8)

Observation:  In these verses from the Gospel reading from the Mass readings today, we are told that our Father knows what we need before we ask him.  So, why do we pray?  We pray to change our attitude towards our own ability to effect change on the things that have eternal consequences.  I think prayer reorients our mind to things that really matter and do focus our attention on the things that God is already working on.  He will do the work with or without us, but He wants us to join in the effort and God knows, that this effort is the only thing that will bring us real joy through his eternal grace.

Personification:  Joy  It is my intention today to display the fruit of joy that comes from agreeing with God in his eternal plan of salvation for us all.  This joy only comes when I realize that everyone is called to this eternal plan of salvation, regardless of where they are beginning.  Like me, everyone starts from a place of imperfection, or it could be said that we all start with our need of forgiveness, but if we act with a repentant heart at all times, we are able to receive the grace we need to be saved.

Prayer:  Jesus taught me to pray like this:

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 forgive our debtors; and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

(I realize that God knows what I need, and I hope that I can see clearly to forgive those who may do me harm or has done harm to me in the past, so the Father will show me that, through His Son’s death and resurrection, and His grace, I am worthy of forgiveness too.)