Our scripture this morning is ‭‭Luke‬ ‭11‬:‭9‬-‭13.

“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! So if you sinful people 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.”

Jesus teaches us to be persistent in our relationship with God, to keep searching and learning. He uses the example of the things we are willing to give our families to show us how much more willing God is to give to those who seek, knock and ask in faith. This ongoing effort strengthens our relationship with God, indicating that our connection is not one and done, but ongoing and everlasting.

Jesus tells us that if we seek honestly, God will “give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him” (v. 13). This is His presence with us to guide and protect us as we carry the Good News to a world in need. God has called us to this task and has given us the gifts necessary to accomplish the work.

God wants us to be together as it was before we allowed sin to enter the world. He wants to walk with us as He did in Eden at the time of creation (Genesis 3:8). Our persistence in faith can bring back the connection we once had with Him and we can live with Him eternally.

Gracious God, You have blessed us with Your son Jesus as our Messiah and example. Help us to follow Him in faith and love, sharing the joy of our relationship with all the world. Amen.

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