Our liturgical readings from the previous weekend certainly conveyed a distinct image- that being, our image of God influences how we pray.
The reading from Luke’s Gospel presents Jesus as a man of prayer. We hear that at one time Jesus was in a certain place praying when the disciples come to him and ask him quite directly to teach them to pray in the same manner as John the Baptist taught his disciples to pray. You have to imagine that they are inspired by what they have been witnessing in Jesus’ example of his ability to reflectively place himself in the context of praying.
Rather than questioning their motivation, Jesus calmly and somewhat reassuringly addresses their request. He teaches them “The Our Father.” We know this prayer. For many of us, it is one of the first prayers we also may have been taught by our parents or at school. But we also know that sometimes we can just repeat it in unison with others and not always stopping to reflect on the greater significance of the words that we hear. We can repeat this prayer faultlessly, but unintentionally miss the meaning. Like most prayers we pray, we invite an intercession. We invite ourselves to become part of the prayer itself.
And this is what Jesus does in that moment with his disciples. He reminds the disciples to see their image of God as a generous and forgiving Father and he issues in invitation through prayer and the subsequent dialogue he has with them, to approach God with the trust and love that child has for parents. Jesus shows them that prayer is about forming a relationship with God. He asks them, “would a parent offer a child a snake when they ask for a fish?” This rather curious question is followed by his explanation that God knows his children’s need better than they know themselves.
Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. Look for the Holy Spirit and it will be there, Jesus reminds them as well.
Jesus affirms the disciples in such a gentle and pastoral manner that prayer establishes the most intimate of relationships between believer and God. Luke’s narrative reassures us that if we ask, God will listen. In The Our Father, we ask for God’s kingdom to come, to honour him by doing his will, we ask for our daily bread or nourishment, to be forgiven, to forgive others, to not be lead into temptation for the sake of our salvation.
Padre Pio (St Pio) once said- “Pray, hope and don’t worry. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.” There is much solace in this.
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An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2019 school year.
Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast