During his daily morning Mass, Pope Francis reflected on the famous words of Jesus: Ask and you shall receive. He said Christians should be direct and bold in their prayers, adding that God helps those who ask for His help. He also said that for prayers to be answered, they must be said with courage.
"When we pray courageously, the Lord gives us the grace, but He also gives us Himself through the grace of the Holy Spirit, which is Himself! The Lord never gives or sends a grace by mail: Never! He brings it Himself! What we ask for is a little bit like... it's the envelope that grace is wrapped in. But the true grace is Him, Who brings it to us. It’s Him. If our payers are said with courage, they will be answered, but we will also receive something even more important: The Lord.”
The Pope also called on Christians to not pray out of habit but instead to pray with the confidence that God is truly listening.
SUMMARY OF POPE'S HOMILY:
(Source: Vatican Radio)
"The Lord says: ‘For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.’ But you have to ask, seek, and knock.
Do we get ourselves involved in prayer? Do we know to knock at the heart of God? In the Gospel Jesus says, If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him? This, the Pope said, is a great thing.
When we pray courageously, the Lord gives us the grace, but He also gives us Himself in the grace: the Holy Spirit, that is, Himself! The Lord never gives or sends a grace by mail: never! He brings it Himself! What we ask for is a little bit like . . . it is the envelope that grace is wrapped in. But the true grace is Him, Who comes to bring it to me. It’s Him. Our prayer, if it is courageous, receives what it asks for, but also that which is more important: the Lord.
In the Gospel, some people receive the grace and then go away: of the ten lepers healed by Jesus, only once returned to thank him. Even the blind man of Jericho found the Lord in the healing, and praised God. But we must pray "with the courage of faith
We ask for a grace, but we don’t dare say, 'But come Yourself to bring it to me.' We know that a grace is always brought by Him: It is He Himself who comes and brings it to us. Let us not embarrass ourselves by taking the grace and not recognizing Him who brings it to us, Him who gives it to us: The Lord. That the Lord may give us the grace of giving us Himself, always, in every grace. And that we might recognize Him, and that we might praise Him as did the sick people in the Gospel who were healed. So that, in that grace, we might find the Lord."