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Ask the Expert

Read Luke 11:5-13

And he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.' And he answers from within, 'Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.' I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.

"So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened." Luke 11:5-10 (NRSV)

When Bob LaForge, from New Jersey, wanted to determine how best to invest his savings, he spoke with a financial advisor. When he needed to install an outdoor electrical circuit, he hired an electrician. And when his mower broke, he took it to a repair shop. In each of these instances, the task at hand required knowledge and skills beyond his own, so he went to an expert.

So why, then, does Bob insist on relying on his own knowledge and understanding about his current situation or about his future, no one is more capable then God.

It is good for us to be honest, to ask for God's guidance, and to request that God's will for our lives be made clear to us. We can ask and keep asking; seek and keep seeking; knock and keep knocking. Because God often communicates with us through the Bible, may we remember always to seek God there.

Prayer: Dear God, give us the faith to ask you for wisdom. Open our hearts to receive and follow your guidance, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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