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There Is Only Love

When you pray, say 'Father, hallowed be Your Name'
Luke 11:1-13

Sermon Topic Lord's Prayer

Sermon Week Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 11:2


In today's Lesson from Luke's Gospel, Jesus is praying and one of the disciples says to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray" (Lk. 11:1). Jesus answers, "When you pray say, 'Father, hallowed be Your Name'" (Lk. 11:2).

Everyone knows the Lord's Prayer. Without a doubt, it is the best-known passage in the Bible. One problem we have with the Lord's Prayer is that it is so familiar we often repeat it mechanically. We say the prayer, but it has no real meaning for us. We don't tie it into the level of our hoping and dreaming and laughing and crying and living and dying. It's like an Oriental "prayer wheel" which, I am sure, many of you have seen. You simply write out your prayers, put them inside the wheel and then start the wheel turning. And every time the wheel goes around you have said all of those prayers -- even if you have given your attention to other things. Perhaps that is not all bad, because it has been discovered that the repetition of a certain affirmative thing, over and over again, can have a positive influence on us. But ... I am convinced that the Lord's Prayer would mean so much more to us if, instead of turning on the prayer wheel when we recite the words, we turn on our hearts. When we pray the Lord's Prayer from our hearts something real happens to us.

Some first grade students were asked to come to the front of the class and tell the others what they were going to be when they grew up. One little girl said she was going to be a nurse. Another said she was going to be a doctor. In each case the class seemed impressed. Then a little boy got up and said, "When I grow up I'm going to be a lion tamer. I'll have lots of fierce lions. I'll walk into the cage and they'll roar." Then he looked out over the class for a response, and he could plainly see that just about nobody believed him. So he [...]

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