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Thy will, not my will

blahblahblah2In today’s Gospel

Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Well, that is pretty clear, isn’t it? Sometimes I begin to pray and do I ever ramble.

Just like me in real life.

Me, my list, my prayers, my solutions. Me, my list, my prayers, my solutions.

God knows our every need, yet we often feel compelled, at least I do, to give God not only a detailed list of my problems, but an even more detailed list of solutions. I know that I have a tendency to be bossy, but I have to remind myself, that God is in charge.

Today’s Gospel goes on to remind us that Jesus said, Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Thy will be done.

How is it that after all these years, I pray the Lord’s Prayer, saying these words, thy will be done, but then I spend the rest of the day attempting to negotiate this with God.

Will I ever learn?

How do we learn to live as people of faith in a time of instant gratification and a world that tells us that we can and should have whatever we want? I have no clue. What do you think?

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One Response

  1. I have come to pray for the ‘intentions of Jesus’ for those I love, rather than outline what I think they need… What I do, however, in prayer is to share with Jesus all my fears, my wounds, my ‘burdens.’
    When it comes to Godde’s will, however, I must confess my own will has been my Northern star for most of my life. It is only now that I am getting old and grey that I let Godde’s will do its thing in my life, pretty much because I have less and less control on the said life 🙂

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