Asking For Something – Luke 11:1-13
It seems that Jesus gives us straightforward advice in the gospel of Luke. He says, “So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.” Just ask, how hard can that be? – It turns out asking for something is harder one would expect, especially in a society that values independence. Independent people have no need to ask for anything. And accordingly we are very much aware how asking for something might reflects on us. But God wants us to ask God for anything without engaging the filters that usually guide human interaction. God accepts us raw, unmitigated and with no holds barred. God wants us to trust God to such a degree that we empty ourselves into the care of God no matter how dark or light our thoughts. Nothing will endanger God’s love for us. Being unrestrained in unburdening ourselves is liberating for the suffering heart. But because we do not use and abuse our fellow humans in this way, we have significant difficulties to be completely unrestrained in our conversations with God.
Rev. Olaf Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA.
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