And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:5-13
Jesus is not giving us and open account to ask for anything our heart desire. Many people take verses such as today’s to mean all we need do is ask and God will provide. Riches, health children or a spouse all one need do is ask and God will give it to us. But a careful reading of today’s verses show that Jesus is not talking about earthly things but heavenly things.
I think the key sentence is the last one, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Jesus is not talking about what God can give us to make life more comfortable or easier. Jesus is talking about God sending the Holy Sprite to start the process of changing us from worldly to godly. In the first part of today’s verses Jesus is not talking about luxuries but a necessity, bread. The when He changes to a son and father Jesus is still taking about food. Just as bread was considered a necessity in the Jewish culture during Jesus’ ministry so too is the Holy Spirit a necessity to our salvation.
Jesus also tells us something else in today’s verses, the son asks for the fish and the egg. So to must we ask God to send the Holy Spirit to us. God our father in heaven will give us what we ask for but what we ask for needs to be in accordance with God’s will and plan. He may give us riches and more than we need but what He wants us to ask for is a relationship with Him. That relationship is worth more than all the bread, fish and eggs in the world.
Have a blessed day,