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Luke [11:1-4] The Lord’s Prayer Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 11,1-4. Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, …More
Luke [11:1-4] The Lord’s Prayer

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 11,1-4.

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples."
He said to them, "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test."

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Saint John Damascene (c.675-749)
monk, theologian, Doctor of the Church
Sermon on the Transfiguration, 10 ; PG 96, 545


"Jesus was praying in a certain place"
“Jesus was praying alone” (Lk 9:18). Prayer has its source in silence and interior peace, for it is there that God's glory manifests itself (cf. Lk 9:29). Because when, closing our eyes and ears, we find ourselves within in God's presence; when, freed from the world's busyness, we are present within ourselves: then will we clearly see the Kingdom of God in our souls. For the Kingdom of Heaven, or – if one prefers it – the Kingdom of God is within us. Jesus, our Lord, has said so (Lk 17:21).
However, both believers and our Lord pray in a different way. Servants draw near in prayer to their Master with fear mixed with desire and, for them, prayer becomes a journey to God and towards union with him, feeding and strengthening them with his own substance. But how does Christ pray – he whose holy soul is united to the Word of God ? How could our Lord stand in an attitude of petition ? If he does so, is it not because, having put on our nature, he desires to teach us and show us the way that, through prayer, enables us to rise towards God ? Isn't it that he wants to teach us how praying conceals the glory of God within it ?