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Lord teach us to pray

Luke 11:1
Genesis 18:20-32; Psalms 138:1-3,6-8; Colossians 2:12-14: Luke 11:1-13

A young man was taking his first flying lesson. After showing him some of the basics, the instructor said to the student, “Now, I’m going to show you how to go in for a landing.” Whereupon, the instructor suddenly blacked out. The student immediately called the tower, and while he was receiving instructions on how to land the craft, the engine went dead. Whereupon, a voice from the control tower said: “Repeat after me … ‘Our Father, who art in heaven …'”

Prominent in the life of Jesus is the fact that He always acknowledged His dependence on the Father. For example, in today’s Gospel episode, one of the disciples says to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” And Jesus replies, “Say this when you pray: ‘Father, may Your Name be held Holy, Your Kingdom come; give us each day our daily bread'” (Lk. 11:2-3).

Give us this day our daily bread! With this petition we acknowledge our total dependence on God for all of…

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