Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be open to you. For everyone who asks will receive, and he who seeks will find and the door will be open to anyone who knocks.How much more enduring are our security, peace and joy when we walk daily with God in prayer. How much more tender and loving is the touch of God when we turn away from the busyness of daily life to experience the presence of God in quiet prayer!
To want to prayer is an expression of our yearning for God. Prayer is a profound experience of the abiding presence of God in our lives. It deepens our awareness and appreciation of God's love, mercy and goodness and in increasing our enthusiasm for him.
To pray is to let go of ourselves and let God come and take over our lives. It is saying that we are entirely dependent on God and are willing to submit our will to His. To pray calls for faith and trust in God's love, wisdom, abundance and providence. St Therese of Lisieux described prayer as letting God be Father and friend to us.
God the Father loves us very much and if we are open, sincere, trusting and persevering in our prayer, He will draw us even closer to himself.
In life's situations, there are times when we are pushed to the brink, with our back against the wall..right up to our neck. Bless and thank God for all these occasions for it is only in these dark, crushing moments that we really crack open and recognise that God is there with us all the time.
Crises bruise and crush and in crushing our self-centeredness, they often refine and purify. And prayer does the teaching, the listening, the learning in God. Constant prayer means keeping in contact with God, and as God is the source of all life, we live and grow in Him.