3/21-4th Sunday Luke 11:9-13
9"So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. 11"Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
Thoughts: This tells us two basic things about prayer- 1) That we ought to ask God, and 2) That God knows how to give good gifts. This is not to be taken for granted. Some think God is too busy to care, or not interested enough to care. But that is never the Biblical view. It is not that God cares about giving us the little things or the big things- the focus is not on things- but on His love for us. When Jesus came he helped people, and God still does that. We also need to recognize the goodness and generosity of God. All that we see, all that we have is a gift from Him- as life is a gift from Him in general, and our particular blessings are particular gifts. When we are sick or facing hard circumstances we may wonder about both things. Jesus tries to assure us that God wants us to ask, and He is able and desires to give.
Prayer: You are the giver of every good and perfect gift. Help me to not let my fear, embarrassment, pride, or unbelief keep me from asking you for help in my time of need.