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Ask and You Shall Receive

“Ask and you shall receive” (Matthew 7:7). We are all familiar with this quote from the Bible. We’ve read it. We’ve sung it. We’ve seen it on posters and bookmarks. But are we doing it?

God wants us to ask. It says so in the Bible. Yet somehow, we think we don’t have to ask. We might think, God knows everything. He knows what I need, so why ask? This could not be more untrue.

God wants us to ask. He really does! He arranged things that way. If you think about it, it makes sense. If we always and automatically got what we wanted, when we wanted it, and the way we wanted it, we would never realize there was a God, or we would simply forget about Him. We would think that everything revolved around us and that we ourselves were not in need of anything or anyone else.

When we ask God for our needs, when we pray to Him, we are acknowledging his greatness and power. At the same time, we are vulnerable; admitting our smallness and weakness, and our utter dependence on God. We are accepting our place as a created being and claiming our heritage as a Child of God. Most of all, we are giving God a chance to be God. We are giving God the glory due Him as God and Father of us all.

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“Listen carefully, my child, to your master's precepts, and incline the ear of your heart. Receive willingly and carry out effectively your loving father's advice, that by the labor of obedience you may return to Him from whom you had departed by the sloth of disobedience.”
–St. Benedict of Nursia, The Rule of Saint Benedict