“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Hebrews 5:7-9

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TODAY’S WORD…

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In His life on earth

Jesus made His prayers and requests with loud cries and tears to God,

who could save Him from death.

Because He was humble and devoted, God heard Him.

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But even though He was God’s Son,

He learned through His sufferings to be obedient.

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When He was made perfect,

He became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey Him.

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– Hebrews 5:7-9 (GNT)

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REFLECTION…

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Jesus teaches us how to pray.

When we pray humbly yet fervently,

our requests and supplications will come from deep inside,

from a heart that groans as it bows before its Maker.

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God always hears the prayers of the humble and devoted,

and He knows that they are coming from deep inside.

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Sometimes we may pray with joy and thanksgiving;

sometimes with great pain and suffering.

God knows full well what lies in our heart

and He hears our prayers before we even utter them.

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And yet, one could argue that God doesn’t always seem to care about our prayers:

Christ’s perfect prayer may have been heard,

but it did not seem to have been heeded,

for Jesus was not spared that ignominious death on the cross.

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Jesus’ prayer was certainly heard by the Father,

as were the words He uttered at the end of His prayer:

“Father, if You are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me.

Yet I want Your will to be done, not mine.” (Lk 22:42)

And, because God’s will was done,

Jesus died…and rose again…

and we were saved!

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This is why Jesus teaches us how to pray

and why we must imitate Him:

as we trust in the plans of the Almighty,

and faithfully obey Him and accept His will,

we will be allowing God to pass on to us the fullness of His grace.

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QUOTE…

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"Now, when you find it hard to obey, remember your Lord:

obedient even to accepting death, death on a cross!"

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– St. Josemaria Escriva

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Hear my prayer, Lord, and listen to my cry.

Yet Your will be done, not mine. Amen.

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