Gospel of Matthew 6:7-15 Reflection:
There have been many books and articles written about the Lord’s Prayer which we are given in the gospel today, but this morning at the Office of Readings there was an article by St Cyprian which brought the whole thing home to me in a very simple way.
St Cyprian said that when we speak to the Father what better way could we do it than with the Lord’s own words.
This simple statement made me think of what we are doing every time we say this prayer: we are using Jesus’ word to express our desires to the Father.
I was taken back to my childhood when I would go to one of my big brothers or sisters and say, ‘Mummy says that you have to...’ and the fact that I was carrying mum’s words added a lot to weight to my request.
I had never thought to the Lord’s Prayer in this way. The gospel today is the response of Jesus to the disciples asking him to teach them to pray. Jesus tells them not to use long winded words thinking that this shall make them sound more sincere. He tells his disciples to pray short and with sincerity of heart.
From my own experience I know that when I really need to pray it is often a few words such as ‘God help me’ that convey to the Lord what I really am trying to say. A heartfelt prayer, since ‘help me’ carries a lot of weight in God’s ears.