Luke 11:9 So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.


This verse can be frustrating to read. Afterall – there are plenty of things we ask for that are not given to us, plenty of things we search for that we do not find, and there are plenty of doors that remain closed no matter how hard we knock. And yet…we also know that there is truth in these words from Jesus about prayer.

The act of praying is about connecting. It broadens and deepens our relationship with God. It helps us find what we did not even know we were searching for. It invites us into our own journey of door opening, that comes as we find ourselves changed by inviting God’s love into our hearts. Jesus wants us to pray – to say who we are, what we need, and what we’re looking for as we connect with the Spirit of God.

Reflection Questions:
1) What do you want to say to Jesus about this verse?
2) Have you ever tried embracing a prayer ritual like picking a particular time of day, or place to pray?
3) What do you think listening has to do with prayer?

Dear God, Help me when I feel like prayer is too hard. Help me when I don’t have any words. Help me when I’m angry with everything. Help me pray Lord. Help me pray. Amen