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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

ASK & YOU SHALL RECEIVE

Luke 11:13  New Living Translation
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.”
       The purpose of Luke’s gospel is to present an accurate portrayal of the life of Jesus Christ and additionally, to present Him as God’s perfect Son and our Savior.  In Chapter 11 Jesus is teaching His Disciples about prayer.  Not only does He offer them (and us) a model for prayer in what we now refer to as “The Lord’s Prayer”, Jesus also gave illustrations to shine a light on the persistence that is required at times to receive our answer from God. 
       While there are exceptions to this illustration, generally speaking, a father will always give a child what he or she is asking for, not the opposite of their request.  For example, Jesus states that if the child asks for a fish, the father would never give them a snake instead. How much greater is our Heavenly Father than He would bestow only good gifts to His children.  God has the entirety of creation at His disposal to meet our need(s); so when we ask for something we can be sure that whatever it happens to be will never be in short supply. There is, though, that annoying element called ‘timing’. 
       Our timing of things is rarely in sync with God’s.  Since He knows the beginning from the end and everything in between, I’m banking on His ability to deliver exactly when He knows I need the answer the most. He gave us all the outpouring of the Holy Spirit after Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, just as He had promised.  The Holy Spirit is the engine that pulls everything together.  So when you are in need of something, ask for it as you would a parent and expect to receive it because of who you are asking … the creator of the universe.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible; Tyndale House Publishing

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