The First Reading shows us how we are to ask God for something. Esther was the queen but there were some people from the king’s court that planned to kill all her people. Esther knew who can save her and her people: God. The First Reading begins with: Queen Esther, seized with deadly anxiety, fled to the Lord. When we are afraid, we do not run to any human being. We run to God and as Esther did, we are to acknowledge who God is: You only are our king… O king of the gods and Master of all dominion! This is how we are to pray: we come to God recognizing who he is and that we do not have any right to demand anything from him. Esther’s prayer was for herself so God can use her to save her people.
God puts us in situations for a specific purpose. As long as we live, God has a purpose for us. Whatever his purpose is between him and ourselves. But we need to discern what he wants us to do and pray as Esther did: that God will give us what we need to do what needs to be done.
This is what Jesus meant when he said Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock; and the door will be opened for you. When we ask from God, we need to do so with these intention:
- That it is his decision to give us what we ask. We do not demand God to give what we ask, but let him be God and we his slaves.
- That we be given what we need to do his will. When we ask God to help us do what he wants, we are sure to receive what we ask. We ask God to give us what we need. We do not ask him to do what we think he has to do.
- That the outcome may be according to his will. We do not know what God has planned. Sometimes, or often, we may think we know God’s plan. But we do not. So we leave the outcome to him.
It is only with this mindset that God will give us what we ask. If we are in financial distress, or in some form of need, we acknowledge who God is, then we ask for what he wants us to do and for what we need to do what he wants and let God do what he wills.
Jesus said if you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him. We ask what we need, first: wisdom to discern what God wants us to do in our situation, then we ask God to give us what we need to do his will.
Lord, I surrender my situation to you. Take and do as you will. Show me what you want me to do and give me what I need to do your will. I trust you have will what is best for me. Thank you Lord and let your will be done, for the glory of your name.