Joyful Prayer

Bible Reading: Luke 11:5-13
Author: Mr. Hiteshkumar Jashvantbhai Solanki (Gujarat, India)
Thursday 9 May 2019 © The Upper Room.
When I returned home from the market with my groceries, my three-year-old son, Alan, spotted the biscuits.  He exclaimed loudly, “Papa, biscuits!”  Then suddenly he began to cry as he kept asking for them.  Alan’s behaviour made me a little sad.  I thought, Why doesn’t he ask with a smile?  Doesn’t he trust me?

I began to think about the way I ask something of God.  Often, like Alan, instead of asking God trustingly, I burst into tears and keep crying for the same thing again and again.  God is pleased to hear our requests, but the apostle Paul says we are not to be anxious as we pray.  I know that I sometimes forget Jesus’ promise: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”.

God knows what we need before we even ask but wants us to ask with faith and thanksgiving.  God wants to fill our lives with love and joy, and God will do so.  That’s why God sent Jesus — to bring us abundant life.

Prayer: Loving God, give us hearts full of faith so that we may receive in abundance.  Amen.

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