A loving parent

Been gone for a while, so I am back hopefully to get more regular like I used to be.

Anyway, this morning in my quiet time I read through Luke 11:

5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread;6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’7 And suppose the one inside answers, ‘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.’8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacityt he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks fort a fish, will give him a snake instead?12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

I have read this so many times I actually thought to myself that I should just skip it. I am glad I did not.

Recently at church we went through a series called Circle Maker based on a book by Mark Batterson and it was a great series. The series/book discussed constant prayer and how we so often throw a quick prayer up to God just to forget about it five minutes later.

Reading this verse really pounded that home for me, God wants us to continually petition him with prayer about anything! How amazing is that?! When the verses get into the part about us being evil want to give our children good things then how much more will God want to bless us.  That just rocks my world because I know how we love to bless our kids but at the same time there may be things that we ask for that we are not ready for.

So what should we do? Keep asking and praying, what we may consider the “no” may just be a “wait” and God may not want to give us some things until we are ready.


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