Read Luke 11:1-13
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
2 Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say this:
May your holy name be honoured;
may your Kingdom come.
3Give us day by day the food we need.o
4Forgive us our sins,
for we forgive everyone who does us wrong.
And do not bring us to hard testing.’ ”
5 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Suppose one of you should go to a friend’s house at midnight and say, ‘Friend, let me borrow three loaves of bread. 6A friend of mine who is on a journey has just come to my house, and I haven’t got any food for him!’ 7And suppose your friend should answer from inside, ‘Don’t bother me! The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8Well, what then? I tell you that even if he will not get up and give you the bread because you are his friend, yet he will get up and give you everything you need because you are not ashamed to keep on asking.
9 “And so I say to you: ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. 10For all those who ask will receive, and those who seek will find, and the door will be opened to anyone who knocks. 11Would any of you who are fathers give your son a snake when he asks for fish? 12Or would you give him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? 13Bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Jesus teaches his disciples to pray. He compares God to a good father who knows how to give good things to his children. When you ask in Jesus' name; according to Jesus' will he will give what is good.
Verse 13 reminds us that the greatest gift is The Holy Spirit. God might not take away our troubles; but through The Holy Spirit God will be with us in our troubles.
Lord, I am knocking, I am asking; help me to open my heart and my hands to receive.
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