‘Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

Matthew 7 : 9 – 11

How many of us, as children, made wild but in our eyes very reasonable requests for something that was way out of our parents’ ability or desirability to give. We may have believed that our parents didn’t love us enough and that they were just being mean. As we grew, our parents might have reminded us of that very unreasonable request. Did we feel embarrassed? I know I did! I am now very conscious that my parents gave me everything I really needed – especially love and security.

As parents we always try to be as generous to our children as we can be.  That generosity must never replace love. Given in the right spirit, our generosity must be measured so that it will be appreciated as a token of our love. Perhaps our children might not regard it as that at the time, but time and continuing love will bear fruit.

I was overwhelmed by the love and gratitude expressed by my grown son and daughter on Father’s Day.

In the reality of our relationship with God, do we ask too much? We must not bargain with God. Ask for what we, his children, need and not just for what we want.  He will not refuse a basic need of one of his children. This verse makes quite clear the message of God as the father to his followers.

Prayer: Father, help us to think before we ask. May we always put others before us when we seek your help. May we seek your forgiveness for not remembering your greatest gifts to us of your creation and your son, Jesus Christ.

Action: Think before you ask for anything. Do you need it, or do you just want it?

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