Luke 11: 9-10
“So I say to you: 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; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
Jesus reminds us today of the immense love our God has for each of us and that God is a God that listens.
If you are like me you have prayed for many things in your life: more stuff, returned love from another person, a new job or better job, more money (found or earned) etc.
The list could go on all day.
If it exists in our human construct I have prayed for it and many of my prayers have been answered either quickly or in time. Usually not long after the prayer was answered I quickly, relatively speaking of course, moved on to praying for something else. I might say something like “Thank you God” as though it was some banal platitude but that was it. It wouldn’t have been uncommon for me to fail to even see the majesty and miracle of the answered prayer.
Maybe that sounds familiar to you, and maybe it doesn’t.
The best gifts from God I have learned have been those unanswered prayers or those that come back as a no.
If you are like me, they weren’t a blessing when I was dealing with the pain, shame, or rejection that came with God’s silence or rejection of my wants.
Many of us pray for things and for people out of compassion. I don’t believe that many of us pray selfishly and still many times it seems as though some prayers fall on deaf ears.
Like Job in our sermon series, we sometimes fail to understand how we and those we are praying with and for are part of an intricate creation; although we are center and of utmost importance, we are but one piece of this vast limitless creation.
Jesus, in our scripture today reminds us that we must always continue to ask because God is a good and loving God. Even though we love our children-and that love seems to have no limits and we would do anything for them; Jesus reminds us that our God’s love is so much more than that.
If we are to turn to God in hearing our prayers we must then also trust God in guiding us with appropriate responses to our continuous asking: be it a yes or a no.
I heard an interesting fact the other day: 70% of lottery winners will eventually end up bankrupt.
It seems that most people can’t handle a sudden influx of what they think they want or need. The data shows us, that contrary to what we might believe, people shouldn’t be given instantly what takes most people a life time to earn. And yet, many people still ask.
The question today I am asking is myself and I invite you to ask yourself: Am I truly trusting in God to everything?
Prayer: Gracious God- we pray you continue to hear our prayers and help us to be content with your will. We pray the lord’s prayer: Thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Today, we ask for wisdom to understand that your will may certainly not be our will. In Jesus name, Amen.
May it be so,
Rev. Lou Ward
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