Sometimes, praying can feel like pushing a boulder uphill. It’s a struggle. It’s difficult. It may, at times, seem pointless.
But in today’s Gospel reading, Jesus encourages us to persist in praying and asking:
I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.
And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. — Luke 11:8-10
More importantly, ask the Father to send the Holy Spirit:
How much more will the Father in heaven give the holy Spirit to those who ask him? — Luke 11:13
Because it is the Holy Spirit who will teach us to trust the Lord fully and to wait with patience, peace, and joy.
What are you praying for?