We bring our honest desires before Jesus not because we’re guaranteed to get what we ask for but because if and when we are disappointed, we’re better off being disappointed in dialogue with Jesus than on our own. Jesus invited me to be candid in my prayers in part because if things didn’t work out, I’d be in a better place of honesty to process my disappointment. If I self-edited my prayers, my desires—and, potentially, my disappointments—would remain my own. But if I brought it all before Jesus in childlike honesty, any prospective disappointment would benefit from the intimacy that honesty had established.
—Matthew Croasmun, Let Me Ask You a Question: Conversations with Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
—John 14:6 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Give me the patience, focus, and strength to pause, listen, and reflect on what you ask of me. What do you ask of me today?
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