Twenty-Second Meditation
(The Way of Perfection, Chapter 37,42)

"And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our debts, As we also have forgiven our debtors; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil." (1)

The Perfect Prayer

Save us, Lord, from the evil one;
Let not his temptations misguide.
Not my will, Lord, but Yours be done.
Each day, your Bread of Life provide.

Forgive us, Lord, in Your mercy;
Help us to forgive from the heart.
May the fullness of Your love be,
The kingdom's reign which You impart.

All praise and honor be to You,
Our King of heaven here on earth.
You create Your children anew;
Abba! Father, of our re-birth.

Your kingdom's power and glory,
Reign now and through eternity.

May our Father always hear us as we pray the Master's words in union with His Spirit.

1. Matthew 6:7-11

(c) Paul Buis, 2004