Therefore, I say to you:  ask, and it will be given you.  – Lk 11:9

Reflection. We often pray by our gut feelings.  A confused teenager may find himself crying out, “God, I don’t know where I’m going, I don’t know what I want, or what I should do.  Help me.”  Or a young mother will catch herself saying, “Please, God, help me get through this day without murdering my children.”   These are cries of pain that are real prayers.

Prayer. Lord, how many times I have cried to You for help.  Thank You for being there whenever I needed You.