Because you gave us these minds, O Lord, we ask lots of questions; one we ask quite often is “Why?”
Sometimes that is a good and necessary question; sometimes the asking of it can lead us to new places in our understanding and our faith.
Sometimes, though, it is a misplaced question, because behind it lies not a request for information or understanding but rather a need or desire to affirm our assumptions, to bolster our prejudices, or to forward our agenda.
Give us the motivation, O Lord, to ask “Why?” because we really want to know and because we are open to new understandings.
Take away the motivation, O Lord, to ask “Why?” because we think we already know and because we want to control or limit our own or someone else's understanding.
“When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’” (Matthew 9:11)