No unanswered calls. No shut doors. No rebukes. In Luke 11:1-13, we find that God is there at whatever the hour. And He answers.
Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished,
one of his disciples said to him,
“Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”
He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
and do not subject us to the final test.”
And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend
to whom he goes at midnight and says,
‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey
and I have nothing to offer him,’
and he says in reply from within,
‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked
and my children and I are already in bed.
I cannot get up to give you anything.’
I tell you,
if he does not get up to give the visitor the loaves
because of their friendship,
he will get up to give him whatever he needs
because of his persistence.
“And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father among you would hand his son a snake
when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will the Father in heaven
give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”
There is so much in this reading. The Lord’s Prayer at the beginning. The parable about the reward of persistence. And the assurance that what you need, the Father will provide.
Jesus frequently refers to these themes in the Gospels. When we are forlorn or feel lost or betrayed, we need only remember this: If those who lack faith and goodness will provide for their families, imagine what good God will do for you, He who loves you with the immensity of the cosmos.
We are God’s children, and He loves us. When we ask with open and honest hearts, when we are truly in need, God will provide. And notice that Our Lord ends this part of scripture with these words: “How much more with the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” To those who ask Him. Never forget to ask Him. And never shy away from speaking to Him, for He is your Father in heaven, open to all your entreaties. He knows you and all your thoughts and desires and needs. You might as well voice them that He may know you have faith in His generosity.
And “give the Holy Spirit” to us. Fill us with His glorious spirit, enliven us with His goodness, inspire our souls, and give us understanding. God touching our souls with His Holy Spirit – for the asking!
Everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To she who knocks, the door will be opened. Ask, seek, knock! God will be there.