Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/072813.cfm
Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.”
And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,’ and he says in reply from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.’ I tell you, if he does not get up to give the visitor the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.
“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; 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. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, 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?”
Do you pray with simplicity as Jesus taught His disciples or do you give Our Lord your laundry list of what needs to be done? Are you persistent in asking for what you want from Him? He will answer your prayer, if you let Him and if you see what He is doing. When we give Him a laundry list we are asking for what WE want, not necessarily for what God knows we need. Sometimes what you ask for you get in ways you do not expect. Open your heart and mind to Our Lord. Keep what you need simple and look for the blessings our Lord will shower down. Are you ready to be blessed? Why not?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You know what my needs are and I thank you for all the blessings you have given to me. Sometimes I want more than what I need or what you want for me. Help me to see your hand in all that I do and all that I receive. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.