“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, 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!” (Lk 11:9-13, emphasis added)
The Lord Jesus is speaking here about the generosity of our heavenly Father, in that He wishes to bless us in many different and varied ways! Jesus also encourages us, based upon everything that He has said up to this point, to ask the Father to give us the gift of the Holy Spirit!
What I want to ponder today is the heart of the Father who wants us to come to Him when we’re in need of anything at all. He outlines that:
- When we ask, whatever we request will be given;
- After seeking for a specific answer to prayer, we will find (receive) the perfect answer; and
- That when we knock at a door, that it WILL be opened to us. (This can be a spiritual, figurative, or physical door—a door of access, welcome, or opportunity.)
Then Jesus continues by reiterating that when we ask, we receive; that the one who seeks a blessing or benefit, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will conclusively be opened! Then our Lord reminds us that when a child asks for bread, fish, or an egg, that any good parent would give their child exactly what they desire. And if human beings, who were born in sin, are so good and kind and generous to their own children, then how much more good, kind, and generous will our heavenly Father be to us?
In making these simple yet affirming statements, Jesus opens up the entire world of God’s generosity right before our eyes.
. . . but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. (Ps 34:10b, underlining added)
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. (Ps 51:12)
. . . no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. (Ps 84:11c, underlining added)
According to God’s own Word, He has a generous Spirit and He withholds NO good thing from us. What a great basis of faith—to enable us to trust in God’s love, mercy, and generosity. He has promised that He has given us all that pertains to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him. (2 Pet 1:3)