Thursday, March 14, 2019
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In Matthew 7: 7-12 I believe Jesus is asking his disciples to engage in a relationship with God by encouraging them to pray. ”Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Relationships require faith, a complete trust or confidence in someone. They also require intention, a commitment to be involved or carry out an action. Without faith and intention relationships can be difficult.
I do not have any problem believing in God. I can recount occasions throughout my life that remind me of the presence of a higher power watching over me. I pray daily and in various forms. However, I often question the process of prayer. Is there a right or wrong way to pray? Does God really hear me? Should I be expecting some sort of revelation or sign in answer to my prayers? Would I even recognize it if God answered me? Does it make me less worthy of God’s graces to have these questions? I find that my prayers often turn to reflecting on whether or not I am living out God’s purpose for my presence here on earth. At the same time I am aware of my shortcomings or imperfections.
I have this theory that there are many things in life that are “perfectly imperfect.” They are designed to challenge us or throw us off our game and to see how we will react or if we will respond. I believe these are all occasions to bring us back to prayer and thus deepen a relationship with God. My personal response to living a prayerful life is to be mindful of these thoughts in all of my relationships, in the way I engage with my colleagues at work, my students, my family and strangers I meet along the way. I especially count on prayer when I struggle with important decisions. Reflection is my response to prayer and nurtures my relationship with God. Each day I attempt to embrace the fact that I am “perfectly imperfect” and do what I can to be the best version of myself.
Reflect on your response to prayer. How do you intend to work on your relationship with God? What are some things you can do each day to be the best version of yourself?
Margaret Von Rueden, Art Teacher