1st Reading: Esther 4:17
Gospel of Matthew 7:7-12
Both the readings today are about prayer. In the first reading Queen Esther speaks of why we should pray and how God has chosen his people from all eternity. She pleads to the Lord to come to her aid for she is alone with no one to help.
In the gospel, Jesus advises us to knock and the door shall be opened, ask and we shall receive. Then he compares us as earthly parents to our Father in heaven.
For the Christian, prayer is such a fundamental part of our lives. In it we give God his proper place as Lord and master. This is the beauty of prayer, it brings us always back to the place where God is king. And that is what lent is all about, reflecting on the fact that God is king.
When you think of it, prayer is the essential difference between believers and non believers. We pray because we acknowledge the power of God. Non believers have nothing above them so they have no one to pray too...we seek help from someone who made and controls the universe...the unbeliever is essentially alone in this world.
I wouldn’t want to be alone...I prefer talking to Jesus. And Lent is the time to talk a bit more.