Ask, and It Will Be Given You
It is one of the most frequently quoted of all passages from the Bible, and the one that we most hope is true, at least the first seven words: "Ask, and it will be given you." What can be more assuring than believing we will receive whatever we ask for? It seems like we have just won the sweepstakes of heaven and can go shopping there with abandon, choosing anything we want from the overstocked shelves. Unfortunately, this reduces prayer to nothing more than a medium of exchange, rather than the sharing of a relationship of the deepest richness.
We are unable
to see all the nuances, subtle needs and intricate patterns of our
shift like mirrors in a kaleidoscope. But the Holy
One who created us in the tenderness of unconditional love not only
sees those nuances, needs, and patterns, but is ready to care for
ways more meaningful and lasting than we could ever imagine on our
own. God always has our best interest at heart. And yet, we are told
and seek and knock. Why? Because when we ask, we are expressing our
desire to communicate with the Holy One. When we seek, we are showing
to find the Holy One. And when we knock, we are letting loose our
longing to be in union with the Holy One. Prayer is our way of saying
we are willing to share in that rich relationship with the Holy One.
always, when we ask it is given to us, when we seek we find, when
we knock the door is opened.
Daily Devotions" by Renée Miller
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