Thursday of the First Week of Lent

(Mt 7, 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.

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
This is the law and the prophets.”

Prayer Power

It is when we are on our knees praying that we are most powerful! I am sure that we all have at one time or another experienced the power of prayer. Many times we reach o point when we realize we are simply powerless. When tragedy or calamity threaten us and we have nowhere to turn to we cannot but go down on our knees and pray for Divine intervention. We pray “Please, Lord, maawa ka!”

Esther in our first reading was in such a predicament. Her people were in danger of being exterminated. She was their only hope. She was asked to speak to the King even though not summoned, and beg for mercy for her people. She prays and miracle of miracles she is given an audience and she gets what is she prays for!

“Ask, and you shall receive, Seek and you shall find, Knock and the door shall be opend unto you” says the Lord. Sometimes we take prayer for granted and may even thing of prayer as the way of weak. But in truth, prayer in the strongest weapon given to us. In prayer we gain our strongest ally, God himself! And if God is on our side, can there be anyone stronger than God?

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