Reflections From The Bible And Life

What Do We Ask For?

Matthew 7:7-12

“Find out what you want and find a way to ask for it” is a line taken from the movie, “How Do You Know.” It speaks true for everything, even in our relationship with the Lord. Jesus tells us that if we want to be happy: Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened. Why is it that there are a lot of unanswered prayers?

The problem is we don’t know what to ask for, because we don’t know what we want. We buy whitening lotions because we think it makes us fairer and more beautiful, but what is really the reason behind this? We take up medicine because that’s what our parents want for us, but is that what we really want? When we ask for the wrong things, we often end up unhappy.

When we knock and ask for things, as long as the things that we ask for is of God’s desire, we can be sure that it will be given. Things that we ask for which are not of value to us and harmful to us will never be given, for God loves us just the way we are. There is no need for superficial needs to make our lives complete. All we need is God’s desire for us. We are best at peace and happy when our hearts belong to Him and not to others or the things of this world.

This Lent, aside from fasting and abstinence, it would be a great time to look deeply into ourselves. Are we living our lives to please others, live up to other people’s desire for us, or are we desiring for God’s desire for us?

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