I have a prayer that I am afraid to speak.
I have been holding it close to my heart for several years, unable to utter the words because doing so would be asking for a miracle of Biblical proportions. It’s not that I don’t believe in miracles—I do. I’m just not sure I believe in miracles happening for me.
Or maybe I am just afraid to ask. Afraid to take that risk, afraid that the answer will be no. Instead of a Heavenly Father Who loves His children, I picture a stern Father. One careful not to spoil. One wanting me to learn my lesson, to sit dutifully, to be seen and not heard.
But that is not the picture of God painted in today’s Gospel reading, Luke 11:5-13. We are told to ask and knock, and to keep asking and keep knocking. Because like a loving Father, God enjoys listening to His children. Like a loving Father, He delights in giving us good gifts.
So what does that mean for the miracle I secretly long for? Does it mean God will give exactly what I hope? I don’t know. After all, God is not some Santa-like being sitting up in Heaven granting wishes. His wisdom in infinite, and His ways can be unfathomable. But for all the things we can’t understand, we can find rest in knowing He is always good.
Maybe the miracle I want will happen; maybe a miracle I had never even considered will take place instead. Maybe the miracle will be that I opened my heart in faith to a Father Who loves me and is always good.
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Anna Coyne is a wife, mother, and convert to the Catholic Faith. She is a classically trained pianist who, after teaching for ten years now stays home with her three young children. but still manages to flex her creative muscles through writing, knitting, and gardening. She is proud to call Saint Paul home and loves everything about living in Minnesota, except for winter. She is a contributing author to our children's devotional, Rise Up and our Advent devotional, All the Generations. You can find out more about her here.