Lent Day 9…..

Jesus said to his disciples:
“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 asked for a loaf of bread,
or a snake when he asked 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.” – MT 7:7-12

This is a message of great hope. Jesus is trying to explain to his disciples that they need to keep asking, keep coming back to God, even when it seems he is not answering the prayers they are sending forth. He is trying to tell them that God will answer, no matter what the ask is, and that answered prayer will be exactly what you need at that very moment.

In music, when you are learning to read sheet music, you are taught that there is a note and a rest. The notes are the music. The rests are silent. Even though there is no sound with the rests, there still is a beat, a rhythm to be felt, and as my first music teacher in middle school said, even the silence is music. If you apply the same logic to God, even in his silence, there is still a gift being given. Sometimes we pray and we are not asking what is the best for us, at that moment. God is so loving, he will not give you what you do not need.

God is not someone who works according to Earthly logic, we can not say that we are not receiving. Just the act of praying alone gives us a gift. When we are giving these daily requests up to God, we in turn receive his Grace instantly. We are in essence letting him take over the task of figuring out what we need in life the most. That in itself is us letting go and letting God. So, remember, next time you pray, you are receiving the Grace of the weight being lifted off your shoulders, and no matter how the question you are asking is answered, you have already been given something. Blessed be God forever.

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