The Lord Jesus teaches and guides our prayer. Who would ever want to pray in any other way than in the way of Christ?
Having Jesus Christ for a spiritual father, in fact, actually guides us in every aspect of faith and morals.
Let’s start here: I want to pray as this man taught, saying the prayer He taught His followers to say.
Therefore, I must believe everything that a person needs to believe in order to say the Our Father sincerely.
Namely: That God loves the whole human race with a Father’s love. That He wills a heavenly kingdom. That He provides in every way. That He forgives, and shows me how to forgive and start fresh. That He has the power to free me from everything evil.
I want to pray the prayer taught by Jesus of Nazareth. Therefore, I must live as someone who cay say this prayer sincerely.
Namely: That I want, above all, to do God’s will. I want to obey Him. I want to bless and glorify His holiness and beauty forever. I want to receive His gifts with love. I acknowledge that I am not sinless, that He alone is good. I have no hope but His loving mercy. I deserve death, but He lovingly gives me life everlasting instead. Because I am a sinner who relies totally on God’s forgiveness, I quickly forget about it when other people wrong me. All I want is that we all be together in heaven when everything is said and done. And we will get there together by co-operating with the great plan of the Father.
Thank you, Lord. The one thing I want in life is to pray as you teach. If anyone ever knew what they were talking about, it is You. I may be a miserable fool, but I know this much: one thing worth doing is to say the Our Father sincerely.
By teaching us this prayer, Lord, and by guiding us every time we say it, You have given us everything.