“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 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!”
Jesus uses unusual comparisons to explain how much God wants to give us good gifts. He asks what parent would not give their child what they asked for, giving them something awful instead. This shows us the nature of God’s love for us, His desire to connect with us and for us to share that love with all His children.
Jesus teaches that through prayer we are enabled to receive the Holy Spirit, the gift of God’s presence with us. Feeling God close to us every day helps us to be strong in His love and to go in His spirit to those who are in need. God uses us as His representatives to reach out to others.
When we ask God for something in prayer, we aren’t telling Him anything He doesn’t already know. God makes us part of the process and often sends us as a result. Through obedience to His will, you may be the answer to someone’s prayer today!
Loving Lord, we are humbled to be part of Your work here on earth. Help us to be of service to others, showing that Your love and mercy are for everyone. Amen.