So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.” vs. 9Luke 11:5-11
Jesus, in teaching his disciples about prayer, does all that he can to assure them that God has an “open door” policy when it comes to interactions with those in need. Just as good parents can be counted on to give good things to their children, God will respond with blessings when we have a need. There is an unspoken caveat here of course. God will not give us everything that we ask for! This exception is endlessly frustrating for many and some have even given up praying! But Jesus did mean what he said–God does hear our prayers and does take care of us. And those who make prayer a lifelong habit do learn to trust the goodness of God. Answered prayer is alway cloaked with mystery and is not so clear cut as we might like it to be, but that never keeps the faithful from their prayers. We have learned that regular prayer is the key to our spiritual connection with God, and so we keep on praying. It’s when we look back that we can clearly see the benevolences of God. In those reflective moments we realize that God has been close at every moment, even when we’ve felt abandoned. We might not have gotten a deserved promotion, but we have been sustained in our weariness and had our joys restored.
Thought for the Day: What are signs that God has been with me?