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Trust in God: The Point of Asking

The thought crossed my mind: God can literally do anything He wants, most especially with how our lives are lived.  He doesn’t need our opinion regarding the decisions He makes on how things will turn out.  Under these circumstances, it makes me wonder if there’s still any point in asking Him for anything since at the end of the day His will is and will be done.

I think there’s still a point in asking Him for anything and everything we need and want.

The Answer to Prayers

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 asks for a loaf of bread, or a snake when he asks 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.  (Matthew 7:7 – 11)

1. God gave us the gift of free will, and through this, He gives us the opportunity to participate in His plan for us – or not.

Although God is omnipotent and what-not, His influence in our lives actually ends where our free will to choose to cooperate with Him or not begins.  He gave us this free will because He wants us to take charge of our lives, otherwise He might as well have just created automatons.

How we choose to use our free will to cooperate with Him is also up to us.  In the wedding at Cana, if Mother Mary didn’t intercede then, knowing how good He is, things would have turned out alright in the long run, somehow.  But God gives us the opportunity to influence how things turn out, and so Jesus heeded His Mother’s intercession to help the couple concerned.

2. By asking God what we need and want, we recognize that we need Him in our life.  And recognizing that there’s nothing we can do without God is an act of humility.

I remember Fr. Arnel Recinto, the Parish Priest of the St. John Paul II Parish in Eastwood City, mentioned something in passing in one of his homilies that the Lord’s Prayer is a prayer of petition in its entirety (or something to that effect).  Look at each part and you’ll see that it’s an appeal to God for Him to bestow His blessings on us.  Jesus Himself basically taught us that it’s okay to – and we should – ask our Father for what we need.  I think a prayer of petition is the most sincere prayer we can make because it recognizes that we can’t do everything ourselves and at the end of the day we’re all dependent on God, and that’s the truth.

3. God gives us the opportunity to influence the direction of our lives by giving us the chance to ask Him what and how things should happen.

If what we ask for is in line with His plans for us then it will be granted.  It’s quite possible that God could have had something else in mind.  But if what we ask for will still work anyway, and ultimately He’s okay with that too, then He could give it to us.  It takes a lot of trust in Him whenever He doesn’t give us what we want or diverts us or gives us something else.  In faith we know when this happens that He has something better in mind; we either accept that or we outright reject His will and do things our own way anyway.

Besides, He wants us to take charge of our lives and own the solutions to fix those areas of our lives that require it.  Asking Him for help on how we think things should happen, for as long as it’s in line with His will, is that opportunity to do so.

At the end of the day we have a God Who loves us beyond our wildest dreams.  It’s for this reason that we can continue to trouble Him with whatever concerns us, for He wants nothing more than to be involved in the lives of His children Whom He loves so dearly.

 

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