“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; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
In this section Jesus tells us we need to be actively involved in our relationship with God, being intentional in our faith. We know we can’t “earn” our way to salvation, but God wants us to be partners in His work. Jesus teaches that we must use what we learn, not just hear it and store it away.
Asking God for what we want in prayer is encouraged, but we must understand the lesson in it – God doesn’t just grant our every wish and whim, He responds to our prayers by teaching us what He would have us do, which is not always what we ask. By going to the Lord in prayer we become more attuned to His will for our lives, better able to be useful in the Kingdom work.
Ask Him for the things you want and then listen for what God intends you to do. Through prayer we are connected and guided, blessed with the gifts we need, and led to the tasks to which we are called. God answers prayer in ways that work for all His creation.
Gracious God, we are grateful that we can come to You in prayer, seeking Your way for our lives. Bless us in the work we do, that all the world may know Your love. Amen.