Thursday 15th November
Matthew 7:7-11 (Luke 11:9-13)
‘Prayer without ceasing, giving thanks always’
Following on from Jesus’ teaching on prayer in Matthew chapter 5, Jesus adds this valuable lesson of persistence in prayer. Ask, Seek and Knock are the pro-active doings words Jesus uses to encourage the believer. Jesus says in verse 7 that if we ask we will receive, if we seek we will find and if we knock the door will be open. He repeats this again in verse 8 highlighting the importance of what He is trying to say.
Jesus again gives a practical example of asking and receiving by using a child and father relationship. Jesus often uses parenthood to explain His relationship with us His children. So in verse 9 – 10 Jesus questions if a child were to ask for bread or fish would a father give a stone or snake? Luke adds an egg and scorpion to this analogy. The answer to Jesus’ question is obviously no if the father truly loves his son. A good father wants the best for child.
Jesus then gives a reality check to the believer. He says that if we being sinful (evil in Luke) are able to give good gifts, how much more will our Heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask of Him. Jesus’ focus here is not of our sinful state but rather about how generous a Father He is, to His beloved children. When we realise how much God loves us and wants the best for us, we can enter His presence boldly and trust that what we ask for in accordance with His will, will be given. Remember, Jesus said that He gives good gifts to those who ask. That sometimes might not be what we deem or want to be our good gift but the Father knows what His children need.
Luke’s gospel in chapter 11 verse 13 gives the most precious good gift of all. Jesus says that The Holy Spirit is His good gift to those who ask. Amen. In fact it’s not a good gift but a great gift. The Comforter, Healer, and Counselor is just a prayer away.
A thought; The Fathers gifts are so great that they keep on giving back to us. What do I mean? If I were to give bread to my child it would run out after he had finished eating it. When Jesus promised that He would give the Holy Spirit to His children, it was not a one off perishable gift but a gift that keeps on giving. The Holy Spirits gives Spiritual gifts, graces us with fruit, open our hearts to see and receive Jesus Christ, helps us in understanding Gods word and the list goes on.. The Fathers gifts are truly not just good but great and always are for His glory.
Lord let me ask of You, seek You and knock after You. For every good and perfect gift come from Your kind and gracious Heart. Increase our faith so we may glorify You in our giving and receiving. Amen