5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 7 And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need. 9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Am I in the habit of asking genuine questions where I don’t know the answer, or do I filter my requests to things I consider ‘safe’ or ‘likely’? Am I giving God and people the chance to surprise me? Am I asking people – entering into uncertainty – to come over for a meal, or have a coffee, or join me for a bike ride, or collect my mail when I’m away, or come to church…. am I taking a risk? Or am I playing it safe?
What about with God? Am I asking Him to answer prayers that are not ‘safe’ or ‘likely,’ am I entering into uncertainty with God and waiting to see how He responds? What about the deep desires? What about the ways I would love to make a difference in the world? What about the areas I would like to be more free and whole?
God, I’m sorry for the many ‘safe’ prayers I have prayed, forgive me for avoiding uncertainty. Help me to pray boldly and ask you for the things on my heart. May I let you decide how to answer. And help me to ask more questions of people, and let them decide how to respond. Father, help me to take more risks and allow for uncertainty in my relationships. Amen.
Written by Ps. Beth Waugh