Christ Himself said: “Ask and it shall be given you”
We are surrounded by many personal needs and people around us, we go through various problems and real internal wars, before which we often fail to hold our anger or sadness. Even without wanting luxury, we always lack something; and if we have everything, an emptiness settles inside us. In this life, we are assured of only one thing: we will always have afflictions and they will always have an end.
Who do we remember when that moment comes? In those hours, even some atheists cry, “Oh, my God!” Even if they do not believe it yet, asking for God’s help is a common phrase when one is in distress.
At that moment, we recognize ourselves dependent on Him, and turn to Him. How beautiful! But the Lord sometimes does not answer us, it seems that he is dead or asleep. We are tempted to think that He is the work of our imagination.
In the face of tribulation, do not turn away from God.
In that delay, we come to defy Him, charge Him, or force the bar with a promise. Sometimes the worst happens: we forsake Him. From there, we seek human and inefficient solutions, hidden solutions that seemingly even resolve, but ultimately bring about mortal spiritual consequences. If you sought a spiritual solution outside of God, then it is worthwhile to read “Contamination through practice and seeking the occult . “
St. James clarifies: “You have not, because you do not ask; but you do not receive, because you ask evilly, so that you may spend in your pleasures “(Jas 4: 2-3). This happens when we pray only for goods of this world, but we forget that life has an end. What is necessary, the prayer that God wants us to do, is a prayer that fills us with spiritual goods.
Christ himself declares in Luke, after teaching the disciples to pray: “Therefore I say unto you, Ask, and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. If any of you are a father, if the son asks for a fish, will he give you a snake? Or if he asks for an egg, will he give him a scorpion? Now if you, who are evil, know how to give good things to our children, how much more will the Father in heaven know how to give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! “(Lk 11: 9-13)
As we ask for things to happen, He wants to give us something precious, the River of Living Water, the Holy Spirit. Jesus said: “Out of his belly will flow rivers of living water” (cf. Jn 7:38). Everyone who believes in the Lord cries out, “Come, Holy Spirit!” This will have a source of life inside, not only for you, but to spur everyone around. It will not only transform us, but change everything around us, because when I change everything changes.
The prayer that God wants us to do is, “Come, Holy Spirit!” So that we can receive what He wants to give us. This Spirit comes as we desire, and He can not be “spent,” for it is God Himself who will lead us to ask well, to ask what is right.
All we need, then, is to do this prayer with faith:
“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful ones and kindle in them the fire of Your love. Send forth, Lord, your Spirit and everything will be created, and you will renew the face of the earth. “
Let us pray: O God, who hast instructed the hearts of Your faithful ones with the light of the Holy Spirit, make us appreciative of all things according to this same Spirit, and always enjoy His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
By Guilherme Christóvão, via Canção Nova