Thursday in the First Week of Lent; 9th March 2017.
Jesus said to his disciples: “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. “Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.”
Jesus keeps showing us the way towards a meaningful prayer life.
“Ask and it will be given to you.” Most times we get all in our worries that we forget to turn to God our Heavenly Father for help. We get all self sufficient that we feel we can do it all alone. But Christ calls us today be sufficiently daring in asking.
“Seek and you will find.” What is that we seek for? How vain are we when it comes to seeking? Does what we seek for conform with God’s will for us? These are questions we ought to ask ourselves. When praying and asking God for favours, we must make sure that God’s will takes 1st place before our desires.
“Knock and it will be opened to you.” Preservance in prayer. Very important. At times we may lose hope because we knocked and knocked but no reply came through. But our Lord Jesus Christ beckons on us never to relent nor lose hope in our unanswered prayers.
Jesus’ assurance regarding the efficacy of prayer should motivate us to pour out our hearts to God the way Queen Esther did. As we continue to grow in our prayer life, may the Lord give us the grace to perserve and answer us in our time of need.