Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 12 March

A small Syrian boy collecting a packed lunch at school in Jordan. For some of the refugee children this is the only meal they get. They take it home to share with their brothers and sisters

Packed lunch given to Syrian refugee children at a school in Jordan. For some of the children it is the only meal they get. They take it home to share with their family.

“So you should pray like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, may your name be held holy, your kingdom come, your will be done'” 

Matthew 6:7-15

In today’s reading, Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray. His familiar words are still with us today.  

But how often do you stop and think about these words and what they really mean for you?  

What does it mean to let God’s will be done?  

Sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking that we have all the answers and can solve all our problems on our own. 

Your kingdom come

What does it mean to let God’s kingdom come? 

How can we build a fairer world for all people and so potentially catch a glimpse of God’s kingdom here on earth? 

When you ask God for your daily bread, do you think about where your food comes from and the people who were involved in getting it to you? Do you think about those who don’t know where their next meal is going to come from? 

When you ask God to forgive you as you forgive others, do you actually let go of the anger and resentment that you feel? 

This Lent, each time you pray the Our Father, think about the words. And hold in your prayers all those who are struggling to get enough to eat. 

Lent prayer

Our Father… 

Act

We are all part of one global family, and the Our Father reminds us that we are all children of God. Watch this Our Father expressed in many voices.

Read this blog on the importance of prayer and fasting to Fr Nicholas Crowe.

Read Fr Nicholas' blog

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