7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
What is the main word and the main action of this section of Jesus’ teaching? (I will give you a hint; it is the first word of verse 7.) Ah yes; now you see it. Jesus is teaching us to ask of him. In fact, Jesus said that when we ask we receive, when we seek we find, and when we knock doors are opened for us. My friends, we serve a Lord who hears us when we ask and he delights in answering our requests.
Jesus then qualified his statement by comparing himself with an earthly father. When a son is hungry and asks his father for fish to eat, does the father give him a snake to bite him instead? Or when a son is hungry and asks for bread to eat, does a good father give his son a stone and tell him to eat the stone instead? Jesus’ questions are ludicrous at best and downright cruel at worst. For of course no human father would be so mean to his son.
Then Jesus throws the comparison at us, “if you earthly fathers know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give good things to those who ask? If you can trust an earthly father when you ask him for the basic needs of life, then surely you can trust your Heavenly Father who is so much more loving and so much more able. I have found that often in prayer I ask for what I think is a need. God then will show me what my real need is and then meet that. He gives me what I am asking for but he gives me what I really need. In the end, I am grateful for the love of the Father who gives me what I need when I ask.
Tonight we are meeting again for prayer, Bible study, Kids4Truth and Youth group. Bobbi is starting a new study with the ladies on the book of Hebrews. I am working through the life of Joseph teaching our teens how to live with major hurts. Tom is teaching the men. Join us.
Have a great day in the Lord,