THURSDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT
READ: MATTHEW 7:12
Jesus said to his disciples: "Ask and it will be given to you; 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. Which one of you would hand his son a stone when he asked for a loaf of bread, or a snake when he asked for a fish? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him.
Today Jesus continues to teach us about prayer. Prayer is our first step towards the Father. It's the first act of belief, and repentance. Jesus, who knows the Father's heart perfectly, encourages us to be confident and trusting. When we seek Him we will find Him. When we ask Him he will answer. When we knock, He will always open the door.
Does He always give us what we want? No. But he always gives us what is good. More of Himself, and his Love.
Jesus addresses his "disciples". What do you think it means to be a "disciple"?
How does being a disciple relate to his teaching on prayer today?
Does this passage change your understanding of God the Father?
What are some ways you can seek, ask, and knock?
RESPOND: PS 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19
R. Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me. I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart, for you have heard the words of my mouth; in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise; I will worship at your holy temple and give thanks to your name. Because of your kindness and your truth; for you have made great above all things your name and your promise. When I called, you answered me; you built up strength within me. Your right hand saves me. The LORD will complete what he has done for me; your kindness, O LORD, endures forever; forsake not the work of your hands. R. Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.
What truth that you discovered in prayer today are you going to apply to your life?
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