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Christian Prayer

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Our Father “desires all men to be saved and to come to the

knowledge of the truth.”

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He “is forbearing toward you, not

wishing that any should perish.”

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His commandment is “that you

love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one

another.”

97

This commandment summarizes all the others and ex­

presses his entire will.

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“He has made known to us the mystery of his will, accord­

ing to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ . . . to gather up

all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ

we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined ac­

cording to the purpose of himwho accomplishes all things accord­

ing to his counsel and will.”

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We ask insistently for this loving

plan to be fully realized on earth as it is already in heaven.

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In Christ, and through his human will, the will of the

Father has been perfectly fulfilled once for all. Jesus said on enter­

ing into this world: “Lo, I have come to do your will, O God.”

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Only Jesus can say: “I always do what is pleasing to him.”

100

In the

prayer of his agony, he consents totally to this will: “not my will,

but yours be done.”

101

For this reason Jesus “gave himself for our

sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of

our God and Father.”

102

“And by that will we have been sanctified

through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

103

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“Although he was a Son, [Jesus] learned obedience

through what he suffered.”

104

How much more reason have we

sinful creatures to learn obedience—we who in him have become

children of adoption. We ask our Father to unite our will to his

Son’s, in order to fulfill his will, his plan of salvation for the life of

the world. We are radically incapable of this, but united with Jesus

and with the power of his Holy Spirit, we can surrender our will to

him and decide to choose what his Son has always chosen: to do

what is pleasing to the Father.

105

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1 Tim

2:3-4.

96

2 Pet

3:9; cf.

Mt

18:14.

97

Jn

13:34; cf.

1 Jn

3; 4;

Lk

10:25-37.

98

Eph

1:9-11.

99

Heb

10:7;

Ps

40:7.

100

Jn

8:29.

101

Lk

22:42; cf.

Jn

4:34; 5:30; 6:38.

102

Gal

1:4.

103

Heb

10:10.

104

Heb

5:8.

105 Cf.

Jn

8:29.

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