“For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened. If you, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him!” Matthew 7:8&11 ->me: These verses sum up how I have learned to pray. Be persistent in prayer. The Lord knows what is best for me and those that I pray for, so the first thing I ask for is that His will and purposes be perfectly completed, and then within that context I ask for what I ask. With Jesus’ words here about the Father giving us ‘good and advantageous things’ I must remember that I would not give Bella, Sophie or Prim something they ask for that I know would harm them or keep them from achieving their goals…well, I know the Lord doesn’t treat me any differently. When I make a request to the Lord and I am persistent in that prayer, I can trust that the Lord will answer that prayer in the best way possible for myself or the person I am praying for. When I have a prayer life that is bathed in daily time with Him and His word, there is huge peace in the faith that God will hear and answer my prayers perfectly; when I am in this place I can not mess it up.