“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘It is not those who say to me, “Lord, Lord,” who will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven”. Today’s Gospel
Words are important. We chatter all day without thinking responding to comments in casual interactions.
There are times when we think more carefully about what we will say and how we will say it. Sometimes we are reflective enough to realise that our words have caused pain or confusion.
Then we pray using words that we may not reflect the desire of our heart. Jesus warns us about prayer that has become little more than lip-service.
We pray “Hallowed be thy name” when we prefer our own name to be praised.
We pray “Thy kingdom come” when our actions are more motivated by a desire to build our own empires.
We pray “Thy will be done” but act on this only if God’s will coincides with our own.
When we pray “give us today our daily bread” its usually not bread we after but the luxuries of life ignoring the gospel call to simply live so that others might simply live.
When we pray “Forgive us our sins” we overlook that we are adding “as we forgive those who trespass against us”
Then we conclude “Deliver us from evil” without realising that we have the power to make choices every day to turn away from evil and to embrace good.
While some say that we should only speak what we believe, I am often empowered by the shift that happens in me when I confidently speak what I’m still struggling to believe.
This is the beauty of formal prayer – we profess not only what we already believe and live, but also what we desire to believe and have yet to show by our actions.
And this is the desire we express in the concluding word of most prayers: we reveal our desire to believe and to live in our actions the words we profess with our lips: AMEN, I Believe!
- Throughout the day you might find it helpful to repeat the simple one word prayer “AMEN”. Remember the words of the father of the young man in need of healing: “Lord I believe, help my unbelief!” Mark 9
- Many FFF readers have expressed their gratitude for the comments and reflections of others on these posts. You have little idea how much your words can support the faith of another. Thank you for taking the time to share a word or two.