This Sunday in mass our priest asked a question in his sermon: What are you begging God for? The word “beg” means to ask with emotion. Our priest challenged us to look at our prayers and see what we are asking God for? What do we beg the Lord for in our lives?
It was a sermon that hit my husband and I smack in the face. One of those sermons where you feel like it is meant specifically for you at that moment in your life. My husband and I are preparing for some upcoming changes in our lives. We have our own plan for our future. We think we know what is best for us, and we have been begging God for our plans to fall through. While I know that God can do all things, and that things may work out just the way we think we want them to, we have been begging the wrong way.
After we left church we talked about what we should be begging for. Begging for God’s will to be done in our lives! After all, He knows what is truly best for us. He can see so much more than we can. We see what is surrounding us in our small little world and think we know what we want. What we really need to want is God’s will. What He has in store for us is the perfect plan for us. We only need to trust in Him. God’s plans for us are greater than our plans for ourselves. Instead of focusing on our plan, we need to pray for guidance to follow God’s plan.
So this Lent we are learning how to become beggars to the Lord. We are humbly begging for guidance, for a deeper faith, and for God’s will to be done in our lives. Begging for peace in our world and in our hearts. Begging for our hearts to become pure and for our light to shine through the darkness as a reflection of Christ’s light. We beg to be like Jesus our Lord and Savior who prayed to His Heavenly Father, “…not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42).