October 12, 2017 – Thursday in the 27th Week of the Church Year
Malachi 3:13-20 – Psalm 1 – Luke 11:5-13
In today’s Holy Gospel we hear Jesus’ words, “… ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you!” Yet most of us have many more experiences of not having our prayers answered – at least in the way we expected. What are we doing wrong? This Gospel passage goes on: “I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship he will get up … because of his persistence.”
So is this suggesting that we storm heaven with our needs until we get them or … what? In the end – as I’ve said many times before – we have to understand that even Lazarus, who was raised from the dead, must have died again since he’s not hanging around as far as I know!
Part of the answer might be found in the last line of today’s Holy Gospel: “If you then, who are wicked(better to read, ‘earthly’ or “unfinished”) know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”
This thrusts us back to the very beginning of Holy Scripture in (Genesis 1:1-2) it’s the “Spirit” hovering over the immensity of the waters that brings them into the beauty of creation. But, like the Israelites of old, we wander in and out of God’s favor on our journey to the Promised Land and God always rescues us from choosing the wrong path and sends His Holy Spirit to re-create us and renew our desire to follow Him.
Will we always get what we want? Probably not. I’ve always said, “Why is it that every time I take two steps forward I seem to fall back three? But in the end I ‘get there’ because I was usually going in the wrong direction!”
St. Paul says, “Now we only see dimly as in a mirror. But then we shall see Him as He really is.” (I Corinthians 13:12) Amen!
I hope this gives you some better understanding of how/why you pray to God.