Why the One who knows
what we need before we ask Him
should urge us to ask and seek and knock
may puzzle us.
We realize that our Lord and God
does not want us to let Him know what we want,
since He cannot be ignorant of that.
What He wants for us is
to exercise our desire in our prayers
so that we are capable of receiving
what He is preparing to give us.
His is a great gift,
and we are little and limited
in our ability to receive.
He tells us to widen our hearts.
Our ability to receive His great gift,
which eye has not seen,
since it has no color,
nor ear heard,
since it has no sound,
and which has not arisen in a human heart,
since the human heart has to rise up to it,
will grow in proportion
as we believe more trustfully,
hope more firmly,
and desire more ardently.