2019-07-2817th Sunday in Ordinary TimeRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.

The disciples of Jesus ask him to teach them how to pray and Jesus responds with a version of the "Our Father". This is the version that St. Luke uses in his Gospel. We are more familiar with the "Our Father" in St. Matthew's Gospel.

How do we pray? Many of us pray with prayers that we have memorized. Sometimes we pray by reading prayers in a prayer book.

Another form of prayer is when I talk to God in my own words. I ask him for guidance when I am in trouble and when I need him or when someone that I love needs help.

Some time ago I learned that there are 4 kinds of prayer.

Adoration is when I see God in the Blessed Sacrament or I marvel at his presence in the beautiful world around me.

Contrition is when I ask God to forgive me for my sins and faults.

Thanksgiving is when I thank God for the many blessings that I have in life.
Supplication is when I need something and I ask God to hear my requests.

These 4 ways of praying can be remembered by using the word ACTS which stands for Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving and Supplication.

Too many of us do not make time for prayer. Our schedules are too full of things to do and we do not recognize the importance of prayer until things go wrong in our lives.

We need to make time for the relationships that we have and the most important relationship that we have is the one we have with God.

Start your day off with prayer. Make time for it. Read a prayer book, say the Rosary, read the Bible, make visits to Church, go to daily Mass. If you do, believe me, you will end up with more time in your day.

Why should I pray? I do not pray because God needs it. I pray because I need it. When I pray I will feel better about myself and my life.

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