Monday, November 18, 2013

Using the Family Prayer

"Let us pray as God our master has taught us. When we approach the Father with the words his Son has given us, and let him hear the prayer of Christ repeated with our own voices, we recite a family prayer. Let the Father recognize the words of his Son. Let the Son, who lives in our hearts, be spoken from our lips. He is our advocate before the Father; when we ask for forgiveness for our sins, why not use the words given to us by our advocate. He tells us: 'Whatever you ask the Father in my name, He will give you' (John 16:23) What could be a more effective prayer than the words of Christ's own prayer?"

- Cyprian of Carthage (3rd Century AD)

Awakening Faith, page 5