Today's Lectionary Text
He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name.
And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.
“So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
5 Finger Prayer
Using the handout as a guide, pray for different groups of people as you touch each finger.
• Thumb: pray for those closest to you, your family and friends.
• Index finger: pray for people who give direction like teachers, coaches, health care workers, therapists, first responders, etc.
• Middle finger: pray for leaders in governments, businesses, the church, etc.
• Ring finger: pray for those who are sick, vulnerable, and most in need
• Pinky finger: pray for yourself and your own needs
Prayer for Reflection
Holy and Living God, thank you for teaching us how to pray. Let us use prayer to bless, heal and be your agents on Earth.
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