“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will you Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask.” (Luke 11:13)
There was something about Jesus and his prayer life that impressed the disciples. In Luke 11 we see that they observe Jesus at prayer and as they do they are compelled to ask- “Lord teach us to pray.” Jesus at that point, gives them a model prayer (the one we call the Lord’s prayer), and then he tells them a parable about boldness in prayer, and an extraordinary promise that the one who asks receives and the one who seeks, finds. He then does something that gets right at the heart of revealing to us- what it should look like when a Christian person prays. He gives a story about a Father and a Son and he says of human fathers that they are fallen, flawed and broken and yet they- know how to give good gifts to their children and then Jesus says to us- how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask. This story is more than just a story, giving us a principle to remember as we pray; no it gets at the heart of true Christian prayer. True Christian prayer, is quite simply the prayer of a child talking to ones Father. Did you know that if you are in Christ, you are indeed a child of God. This means that the only way you can approach God is as his child coming to a Father-a Father who far exceeds in moral beauty, power and authority anyone’s own experience of Dad and yet has pledged himself to be our ABBA, our Father. You want to know how to pray- a pray as a child to a Father and expect his goodness, expect his gifts- the chief among which is the gift of his very presence- the Holy Spirit.
Grace and peace from Marcus