Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This week Jesus responds to his disciples’ request to teach them how to pray. The words he offers them are very familiar to us, although Luke’s version is somewhat truncated in comparison to Matthew’s.
What follows are some interesting statements that could lead us to believe that God will give us whatever we want, whenever we ask for it. From experience we know this is not the case. Our loving, providential Father does desire to bless us with wonderful things, however he knows what we need in the end is the gift of the Holy Spirit. Such a gift may seem like a major let down especially in times of great need. Nevertheless, this gift is necessary for us to receive as it helps us to accept all the other gifts we need to continue living in God’s kingdom together.
We can pray as if God is hard of hearing. Our image of God may rise or fall according to what we receive. God is good on good days, but his stock falls when things are not going our way. We can knock ourselves out by knocking on God’s treasure house of blessings and fail to be knocked over by all the blessings we have already received. Prayer is not for God’s benefit but it is essential to our life as Christians. When we pray we are reminded that God loves us, wants what is best for us and that we are completely dependent on Him for everything.
Peace, Fr. Steve