Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Lord, Teach Us To Pray

BEADS OF JOY 10-05-16
“Lord, Teach Us To Pray”
©2016 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,

Today’s Gospel: Luke 11:1-4 (Lord, Teach Us To Pray)
“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
He said to them, “When you pray, say:

hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
    for we also forgive everyone
who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”

Wow! Have you ever thought about what the “Our Father” aka “The Lord’s Prayer” is actually teaching us, telling us, showing us how we should pray? Seriously, if we embrace this simple prayer alone and pray it faithfully every single day and mean it with all our hearts; we will become better followers of the Lord and indeed better people in our society. Think about it. Pray the Our Father the way you know it, very slowly and very deliberately meaning every single word. Embrace this prayer as a “prayer” not as something we all had to learn in Catechism aka CCD. We can use a cheat sheet, a teleprompter when it comes to prayer. Yes, eventually when you are comfortable, simple conversation is prayer also; but the Lord’s Prayer is the diamond in the rough. From the heart of God to Jesus’ lips to our hearts.

In this prayer, we approach God as Father with love and respect and reverse. We acknowledge He is in Heaven, that He sent us Jesus. We pray, that His Will will be done on earth and in Heaven. We give each day in prayer. We forgive others as God forgives us. And we ask, not to be led into any temptation. It’s truly thee absolute perfect prayer. Obviously the best, because Jesus himself gave it directly to the disciples and to us. We must learn to embrace this prayer not as a recording and simply by mimicking the words because we know all them; but we need to digest the words into our spirit and our lives and bring these words to life in our actions.

How confidently do you pray? Do I pray? Does any of us pray? When the disciple asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” I just know Jesus was thrilled to hear a question, a brilliant question come from one of His disciples. Just as any teacher loves to have questions asked by their students in their classroom; so does Jesus love to know His own disciples are listening and desire more answers and insight to His teachings. I know there are many teachers who read this blog. I’m no teacher by no means, except to my own children; but I can relate to the interaction of someone listening enough to ask a question to continue the conversation about the topic you are covering and that means a lot. Yes, it means they are listening and they are interested. May all of you have a blessed Wednesday. See you tomorrow.



Your brother in Christ Jesus 
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS


Today is Wednesday: We pray the Glorious Mysteries:

The Glorious Mysteries

1. The Resurrection (Faith) –Mark 16:1-8
2. The Ascension (Hope) –Luke 24:50-53
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Love) –Acts 2:1-4
4. The Assumption of Our Lady
(Grace of a Happy Death) –Rev 12:1-6
5. The Coronation of Mary (Mary’s intercession) –Judith 15:9-10

Glory and Honor and Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ!

Rosary Man Jim's Glorious Reflections: