July 28

Luke 11:4-13

“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” vs. 13

According to Luke Jesus says some important things about answered prayer to his disciples…evidently they had the same questions as many of us. As soon as we start talking about prayer the conversation often shifts to the problem of answers. Does God really answer prayer? Is it true that every prayer is answered by yes, no, or wait? Or more basically, does prayer ever really make a difference? Jesus indicates that every prayer request is answered, “So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.” He then adds that we won’t get everything we ask for because God is like a parent who only gives gifts to children that will be good for them. He then goes on to imply that the ultimate gift that God gives to those who pray is the Holy Spirit. There’s a profound truth here, one that it’s sometimes hard for us to get our heads around. Could Jesus be saying that the greatest benefit of prayer is the connection that is made between the Spirit of God and our own human spirit? If so, then it’s in the process of praying itself that the Holy Spirit comes, and our asking, searching, and knocking will be satisfied.  

Thought for the Day: What do I receive through prayer?

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