“Preaching to the choir” is an expression that I imagine we’re all familiar with. We might think that Jesus himself was preaching to the choir in today’s gospel when he spoke to his chosen disciples about the importance of intercessory prayer. However, experience has shown that Christians don’t always ask God for the things they need. Perhaps this has been our experience.
Sometimes we get so anxious or angry about something that we forget to pray about it. At times we may think that asking things from God is kind of selfish. Maybe deep down we doubt that God even listens or wants to get involved. Perhaps we think that we should be able to take care of ourselves, instead of relying on God or anyone else. Or it could be that we’re just being lazy or indifferent.
The good news of today’s gospel, however, is that God wants to bless us with good things, even though we’re sinners, because he loves us so much. He’s ready and happy to give. It’s just up to us to ask.