In the Gospel of St Luke, chapter 11:9, we read, ‘ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.’ The first word ‘ask’ contains the whole meaning of this promise; A- Ask, S- Seek, K- Knock. If you need to ask someone for a favour,you need to first have a relationship with them. If not, then you will be reluctant to seek their help. So, it is important to have a personal relationship with God before we feel free to seek His help and favour. We can develop this relationship with God through prayer.
Even if God does not answer our prayers immediately, He will answer them in His time and in His way, if we continue to pray and have faith in His power, love, and faithfulness. He will either remove the thorn in the flesh or grant the grace that is sufficient to bear it. Even the meanest person, who ask earnestly and in faith, will have his petition granted.
God encourages fervency and constancy in prayer. In prayer we must ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, for by the promptings of the Holy Spirit we are brought to a greater knowledge of God and ourselves, and on the importance of the need to repent, believe in, and love Christ. Our heavenly Father is ready to bestow on anyone every blessing that is asked for in faith, just like an indulgent parent who is ready to give food to a hungry child. So, continue to ‘ASK’ and be blessed.