If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!
We have reached the concluding verses in Luke 11:1-13. Continue to note the repeated subject: Bread. Continue to note the repeated action: asking. Continue to remember that Bread = Jesus = Salvation.
Matthew 7:7-12* has similar Words to Luke 11:10-13--in terms of God's response to our requests. Before this Bible study, Matthew's verse was more familiar to me:
'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!' (Matthew 7:11).
Now compare It to Luke's version:
'If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!' (Luke 11:13).
The delightfully eye-opening difference between Matthew 7:11 and Luke 11:13 is the gift we receive from God in response to our prayers. In Matthew, we receive 'Good things.'
But in Luke, we receive the best Thing: His Holy Spirit. No greater gift exists. He comes as a result of asking, seeking and knocking.
Because asking, seeking and knocking are invitations for God to answer: 'Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you' (Matthew 7:7).
Therefore, ask for God's help and wisdom. Seek His Word, His will and His way. Knock on His door in prayer. But not just once. Knock persistently. Then expect the most amazing conclusion--not only for yourself, but also for those who come to you at midnight.
To Be Continued...
* Matthew 7:7-12: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=MAtthew%207:7-12&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Bread of Life series.