Daily Reflection – 3/14/19
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which one of you would hand his son a stone when he asks for a loaf of bread, or a snake when he asks for a fish? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him. Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets.”( Matthew 7:7-12)
Sometimes it’s easy for us to think that God is ignoring our prayers, yet we know from Matthew that this is not the case. God answers our prayers and gives us what we need. Yet God, with his infinite and perfect wisdom, knows what we need and what we don’t need.
But God will not withhold gifts from those who desire and seek what is right. Our Father will watch out for our true needs and will answer our prayers. And he will always answer our prayers; sometimes we just don’t recognize it. You may have read elsewhere the expression:, “God answers prayers in three ways: he says ‘yes’ and gives you what you want, he says ‘no’ and gives you something better, or he says ‘wait’ and then gives you what you prayed for.” No matter what, God is always looking out for our best interests and will answer our prayers according to his perfect plan – we just need to trust him.
During this Lenten season we are called to take time out of our busy lives to sit in silence and pray to our Lord to ask for whatever we need to help us through these 40 days. We are called to question ourselves: Have we ever wondered whether or not our prayers have gone unanswered or unheard? Have we taken time out of our day to sit and pray to God? And have we truly prayed to ask our loving Father for what we need?
Our God is a loving Father who operates on a principle of reciprocity. We must do good to people in advance of their doing good to us, trusting in our Lord that he will reward us later. God is our perfect example of giving; we must follow his lead by giving others whatever they need – whether it be a gift of time, talent or treasure. How we treat others reveals our character and in turn our eternal destiny with Christ. God calls us to treat our fellow man with love and respect. We are called to question: ‘how have we treated others in the past few days? How can we help our brothers and sisters in Christ during this Lenten season? And how have we been an example of God’s love to others?’
We are encouraged to ask, search and knock as a way of acknowledging our total dependence on God. And no matter what we’re asking for, we are called to leave the outcome totally in our Father’s hands. We are called today to reflect upon our own prayer style and to pray to God – but we are called to trust in him enough to leave the outcome in his loving hands. As Jesus prayed, so should we: “Father, not my will but yours be done.”
Prayer of The Day
Lord, I do pray that Your will be done in all things .I desire to surrender to You above all, and to trust in Your perfect plan. Help me, dear Lord, to abandon my own ideas and desires, and to seek Your will always. Jesus, I trust in You. Amen.
Let us reflect today, upon the way we pray. Let us change our prayer so that it seeks the good things God wants to bestow, rather than the many things we want God to bestow on us. It will be hard at first to detach from our own ideas and our own will, but in the end, we will be blessed with many good things from God.