February 27, 2014
Teaching about Prayer
A reading from the Gospel of Saint Matthew 6, 5 – 15:
When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corner so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
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.
This is how you are to pray:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors, and do not subject us to the final test,
but deliver us from the evil one.
If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.
I ask you all to pray for my aunt who is an institution and she is arriving at 95 years of age. She has difficulty in breathing at times. She has not walked for many years. Thank you all for praying for her.
Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words, “I taught the Apostles and I am teaching you all My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters who desire to pray every day. I taught the Apostles how to pray especially I gave them the prayer: the Our Father. This is a very beautiful prayer which every Christian should pray every day. Pray this prayer with all your heart showing through this prayer your great love for Our Heavenly Father.
I do not want you to act like pagans or the hypocrites who pray just to be seen and just to repeat over and over again the same words. No, the Father knows what you need so come to Him and show Him your faith and love and He will be very pleased indeed. You cannot be My followers if you do not pray every day.
I bless you all and I fill you all with My graces.”