Wednesday, October 24, 2012

asking, seeking, and praying

Today's Gospel Reading: Wednesday of the 6th Week

The Gospel of Luke 11:9-13:

"The Lord said to his disciples, "Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

Commentary from the Orthodox Study Bible: 11:9-13- In Greek, the verbs rendered ask, seek, and knock imply a continuing action and are better translated, "keep asking, "keep seeking," and "keep knocking." God responds when we persistently ask for things that are good. Bread, fish, and an egg are all images of life and symbolize the gift of the Holy Spirit. (See Jn. 14:13,14; James 4:3- " You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.")

John 14:13, 14: "And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it."

Commentary: 14:13,14-To pray in Christ's name does not simply mean to attach the phrase "in Jesus' name we pray" to the end of prayers. Rather, to pray in His name means to pray according to His will. Just as an emissary of a king can only be said to be speaking in the king's name if he says what the king would want him to say, so also we can only be said to be praying in the name of Christ when we pray according to what He wants. The purpose here is not to get God to do our will, but for us to learn to pray properly, according to God's will (Mt. 6: 10-"Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.")

No comments:

Post a Comment