And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 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!”
by: Jasmine Lynch.
It is wonderful to know that we have a Father that we can go to at any time and He will not turn us away. We often quote this text: “Ask, and it shall be given you” (v.9). However, it is important to note that Jesus was talking about the giving of the Holy Spirit, not material things. We go to Him for everything, but how often do we go to Him for the infilling of the Holy Spirit? Is this a onetime gift or is it necessary to ask for this gift over and over? And when you do ask, what is your motivation? Note that here, the reason for giving the gift is that we might be of service to others.