Jesus said to his disciples:
"In praying, do not babble like the pagans,
who think that they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them.
Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
"This is how you are to pray:
"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 trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil."
"If you forgive others their transgressions,
your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others,
neither will your Father forgive your transgressions." - Matthew 6:7-15
Today's Gospel gives us the Lord's Prayer. There are a lot of structured prayers for Catholics. I downloaded the Laudate App for my newly acquired iPhone and it has the Divine Office, Latin prayers, the rosary, the daily readings and a complete Bible! Whew! That's a lot of stuff ... for FREE!
These prayers are invaluable to our prayer life. They are the tools that we need to communicate to Our Savior, but there are times when we just have to let it loose.
I'm embarrassed to say that I have "babbled like the pagans" and stood, shaking my fist at the heavens and demanding that God not only hear my prayer, but answer it. Within minutes, I realized that wasn't a good idea. But that was praying with abandonment.
I love my real rosary and my virtual one. I love opening a book and discovering some new/old prayer. I love opening my Laudate App and discovering a whole new way to pray.
When I find myself shaking my fist at the heavens or on my knees in sorrow or throwing my hands up to praise Him, letting loose and praying with abandonment carries me a long way.
I guess there will be occasions where the Lord might have to forgive me for that.