19 June 2013 – Matthew 6:6

– Galatian –

From: Christ the King Prayer group [mailto:christthekingprayergroup@melita.com]
Sent: 19 June 2013 13:35
To: Hearts and Minds
Subject: 19 June 2013 – “a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 6:6

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus said,

“When you pray, go away by yourself,

shut the door behind you,

and pray to your Father in private.

Then your Father, who sees everything,

will reward you.”

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– Matthew 6:6 (NLT)

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REFLECTION…

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By saying “you” (in the Aramaic singular)

our Lord indicates, quite unequivocally,

the need for personal prayer

– like a child to the Father –

alone with God.

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When you pray,

go away by yourself,

shut the door behind you…”

Public prayer,

which is when we, the faithful, assemble together,

is something necessary and holy;

but it should never

displace obedience to this clear commandment of our Lord.

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“…and your Father…

will reward you.”

We pray in secret,

we open our hearts to God, in private,

and the Father rewards us,

through the joy and peace with which He fills our hearts

– an interior serenity…yet visible to all!

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PRAYER…

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Father,

You know what I need

before I even ask,

yet still You want me to come to You

and open my heart to You.

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Heavenly Father,

You know me inside out

– my strengths and my weaknesses;

You know all that I truly need,

all that will serve Your divine purpose for me.

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Father,

grant me the yearning

that a loving child has for a doting parent,

and let me always make the time

to come to You,

in my inner room,

and to pray to You

in secret.

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Amen.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Father, have mercy on me and fill me with joy.

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YEAR OF FAITH 2012-2013

FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH…

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[…] In the Holy Spirit, Christian prayer is a communion of love with the Father,

not only through Christ but also in Him:

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“Hitherto you have asked nothing in my name;

ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” (Jn 16:24)

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[CCC 2615]

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