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Matthew 7:7-11

Jesus said to the crowds, "Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

Matthew 7:7-11
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    • Jesus does not say that we will be given precisely what we ask for; or that we will find exactly what we are looking for; or that the particular door we want will be opened to us. But we will receive ‘good things’!
    • He says that we will not ask without receiving what God knows is best for us. We will not seek without finding what God knows we most need. We will not knock without having the most worthwhile way opened to us. Can I trust in this radical goodness of God?
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    • Prayer won’t win me the lottery. Nor will it save me from dying. God is not a Santa Claus who gives us just what we happen to want. Instead, the promise is that God will never give us bad things, only ‘good things’. God is infinitely good, and works for our long-range good always.
    • ‘Do to others as you would have them do to you.’ This is the Golden Rule, however we tend to follow another Rule: the rule of tit for tat. But as Christians we must instead try to take our cue from Jesus. His goodwill toward us is not conditioned by the way people respond to him. I must try to be like God in this.
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    • Prayer won’t win me the lottery. Nor will it save me from dying. God is not a Santa Claus who gives us just what we happen to want. Instead, the promise is that God will never give us bad things, only ‘good things’. God is infinitely good, and works for our long-range good always.
    • ‘Do to others as you would have them do to you.’ This is the Golden Rule, however we tend to follow another Rule: the rule of tit for tat. But as Christians we must instead try to take our cue from Jesus. His goodwill toward us is not conditioned by the way people respond to him. I must try to be like God in this.
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    • The Jewish rabbis used say: /Human beings can hardly hear two people talking at once, but God, if all the world talks to him at the one time, hears their cry./ That challenges our imagination. Parent-child is only a metaphor for what happens in prayer. I know, Lord, that you always hear my cry, but I do not always understand your answer. I will still go on praying to you, happy to fall back on the /Our Father/.
    • In the very act of praying we receive something from God. As we open our hearts to God in prayer, God's hands are open to give us good gifts. We leave a time of prayer with an increase of faith, hope and love, which is the consolation of God. No time of prayer is wasted; all prayer is in the service of love, and prayer increases within us our capacity to love.
    • Aware of being in God's presence, I consider how my prayers have been answered in the past. As I realise that not everything worked out as I wanted, I realise that I have been blessed in different ways.
    • What do those around me need from me? Might I be blessing to them as I answer their prayers and consider their needs?
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    • The Jewish rabbis used say: /Human beings can hardly hear two people talking at once, but God, if all the world talks to him at the one time, hears their cry./ That challenges our imagination. Parent-child is only a metaphor for what happens in prayer. I know, Lord, that you always hear my cry, but I do not always understand your answer. I will still go on praying to you, happy to fall back on the /Our Father/.
    • In the very act of praying we receive something from God. As we open our hearts to God in prayer, God's hands are open to give us good gifts. We leave a time of prayer with an increase of faith, hope and love, which is the consolation of God. No time of prayer is wasted; all prayer is in the service of love, and prayer increases within us our capacity to love.
    • Aware of being in God's presence, I consider how my prayers have been answered in the past. As I realise that not everything worked out as I wanted, I realise that I have been blessed in different ways.
    • What do those around me need from me? Might I be blessing to them as I answer their prayers and consider their needs?
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    • The Jewish rabbis used say: /Human beings can hardly hear two people talking at once, but God, if all the world talks to him at the one time, hears their cry./ That challenges our imagination. Parent-child is only a metaphor for what happens in prayer. I know, Lord, that you always hear my cry, but I do not always understand your answer. I will still go on praying to you, happy to fall back on the /Our Father/.
    • In the very act of praying we receive something from God. As we open our hearts to God in prayer, God's hands are open to give us good gifts. We leave a time of prayer with an increase of faith, hope and love, which is the consolation of God. No time of prayer is wasted; all prayer is in the service of love, and prayer increases within us our capacity to love.
    • Aware of being in God's presence, I consider how my prayers have been answered in the past. As I realise that not everything worked out as I wanted, I realise that I have been blessed in different ways.
    • What do those around me need from me? Might I be blessing to them as I answer their prayers and consider their needs?
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • The Jewish rabbis used say: /Human beings can hardly hear two people talking at once, but God, if all the world talks to him at the one time, hears their cry./ That challenges our imagination. Parent-child is only a metaphor for what happens in prayer. I know, Lord, that you always hear my cry, but I do not always understand your answer. I will still go on praying to you, happy to fall back on the /Our Father/.
    • In the very act of praying we receive something from God. As we open our hearts to God in prayer, God's hands are open to give us good gifts. We leave a time of prayer with an increase of faith, hope and love, which is the consolation of God. No time of prayer is wasted; all prayer is in the service of love, and prayer increases within us our capacity to love.
    • Aware of being in God's presence, I consider how my prayers have been answered in the past. As I realise that not everything worked out as I wanted, I realise that I have been blessed in different ways.
    • What do those around me need from me? Might I be blessing to them as I answer their prayers and consider their needs?