Jesus advises us to be persistent in prayer, and our prayers will be answered. He is speaking about prayers of petition, approaching God with our wishes. The thing is, we don’t always (ever?) get exactly what we feel we need to get from God. Yet Jesus says our prayers will be answered.
Prayer changes us, not God, and over time our prayer itself changes. Perhaps when we first began to pray, it was to ask for things, with the occasional prayer of thanksgiving. Gradually we come to realize that prayer is not about getting what we want, but what we need and how to go about it, which is actually what God wants for us.
As our spirituality deepens through frequent prayer, we become more attuned to God’s loving presence in our life, and prayer becomes less about influencing the future than about dwelling in and living out of that sacred presence. It’s this experience of God that we are being invited to accept in prayer.
In my photography I’ve felt the need to be persistent in seeking images. My available time is more limited now, but I use the time I have to tune in to God’s beautiful world around me. Fall foliage is just around the corner, and I’m looking forward to making some colorful images in the coming weeks.
“For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:10)