March 9, 2017 Thursday of the 1st Week of Lent-A

Esther C: 12, 14-16, 23-25

Psalm 138

Matthew 7:7-12

“…Knock and the door will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7

Lord, you give us this season of Lent so that we can put aside what keeps us from living the abundant life you want for us.  You invite us to a closer relationship with you and each other.  I can think of Lent as a doorway to all you want to give us.  You tell me to ask, see, and knock for my needs.  Lord, I knock on the door in prayer for very special people.  For me to receive the answer to my prayer I must walk through that door in faith.  I am part of the answer to my prayer, part of the solution to my problem.  I know and believe you only want the best for me.  So with confidence I can go through the door you offer.  With the courage and strength of your grace I can step out in faith to do my part.  Grant me the grace to work for the things I pray for.  Lord, I thank you in advance for granting me the best answer and for letting me share in bringing it about.  Amen.