Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
“So, God, I’ve got this plan. I’m gonna buy a lottery ticket. You can make sure I win and it will be great for everyone! I could support my family and spend more time them. I could give a lot of money to charity…maybe even start one of my own. Doing good works and not having to ask others for money could give me some clout in the community and I would use it to bring some positive changes around town. Isn’t this a great plan? I knew you’d like it, so I’ll just by the ticket. Thanks, God.”
It’s human nature to make our own plans and then ask God to bless them. However, that’s not what Jesus had in mind when he told us to ask, seek, and knock. Before he gave us the promise in today’s passage, Jesus first taught us how to pray – with the Lord’s Prayer. We can’t forget the part “your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.
Prayer is an integral part of our spiritual journey. By communicating with God, we allow God to guide us and lead us in the right direction. But prayer isn’t a vending machine where we put our request in and receive it instantaneously. Prayer is a relationship with God. God wants us to ask the questions, ask for what we think we need, seek to find answers and new ways of discerning, and to actively knock when we come to a closed door. God want us to listen and learn and grow in our relationship so that we can more easily find that plan that God has for us. It is then that we will find that God is giving us exactly what we need at that moment in time….whether we think we need it or not. When we ask, seek and knock with the desire to receive and do God’s will, we find a freedom from our own “plans” and are able to live with a peace that surpasses all understanding.
How about today we focus on strengthening our relationship with God through prayer. Maybe we will find it easier to discern God’s plans and set aside our own. In my own experience, I find God’s plans turn out much better than mine!