Teach us to pray

Ordinary Sunday 17, Year C
Jesus gives his friends a prayer to pray, now known to us ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. It seems to be an actual prayer he intended us to pray when together, in the best tradition of the synagogue. It’s a very Jewish prayer, which also captures many of the themes prominent in Jesus’ teaching. But for the whole breadth of Christian prayer according to the Scriptures, we need more than this prayer alone. Just for starters, Jesus moves on to a ‘parable sandwich’, which encourages us to pray with confident expectation of being heard.

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