(Originally published in the August edition of Catholic Fellowship Jakarta‘s Newsletter)
More often than not, we go through phases in life where we think our world is in a free fall, in addition to the pressure that we hold ourselves accountable. One scripture that is often overlooked during difficult times is “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7)”.
How do we ask? Simple- pray.
Think of it this way: A prayer may not change things but we can definitely pray to be changed to fit the situation. The experience or pressure that we are overcoming is leading us to something. Moreover, we are so burdened because we put the weight of the world on our shoulders and doubt the one who carried the cross that we ourselves are not strong enough to carry in the first place.
To live and breathe the word of God is to accept these phases graciously because whatever we are going through in life are just chapters that make up who we are, or who we are supposed to be and made to be. Sometimes it is not what we overcoming but because of how we are overcoming it. We forgot our source and hence, we lose our strength.
God isn’t always going to give us what we asked for (James 4:3). However, the deeper our relationship is with God, the more we will know what to ask for in accordance with God’s will. There are wonders in prayers and there definitely are wonders in God, we just have to believe and have faith in Him because that’s what following Christ is all about!
Prayer is the key to God’s blessings and gifts. We shouldn’t hope for a life without problems, because you are defined by what you’re willing to struggle for. At the end of the day, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)
So take a deep breath, silence the world and embrace the peace He has to offer.