"Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Mt 7: 7-10)

It should have been enough, one might think, simply to say, “Ask, and it will be given to you.” But apparently we need more convincing, on this point. So the Lord elaborates: “Seek…,” He implores us, “knock…,” because “every one,” without exception, “receives…” Because He’s talking to a tough, doubtful crowd. He even goes on to defend the Father, of Whom we evidently don’t think very highly. Because we hesitate, in our often-subtle doubtfulness (“doubt” comes from the Latin “dubitare,” meaning “to hesitate”), to ask, seek, and knock.

Let me go ahead and pray today, simply and directly, to our Father Who is in heaven. And let me leave the results of my prayers to Him, Who “knows how to give good gifts” to me, “much more” than I or anyone else does. Let me trust Him more, as I begin my week, and see what He brings me next.

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