“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?”
Just before Jesus shares the parable of the persistent friend, He teaches His disciples how to pray. We are all familiar with how this prayer opens: â€œOur Father in heaven.â€ Why are these scriptures trying to direct our gaze toward God as our Father?
Jesus tells us that I can trust God in the same way that we trust good earthly fathers. My earthly father not only provided for my needs, but alsohe also fulfilled many of my wants. I know that he took pleasure in being the source through which a desire of my heart was fulfilled. I grew to trust him through his provision. My Father in heaven desires that I know Him and His goodness in an even greater way than I knew my earthly fatherâ€™s provision. I am fortunate to have a good example in my earthly father, and I know that for some this is not true.
Our heavenly Father takes pleasure in our efforts to seek Him. He could give us the things we desire without inviting us to ask, but He wants us to know from whom the gift came. In His beautiful design, He sets us up to increase our faith so that we trust in Him more as He fulfills our desires. Ultimately, it is our faith in Him that pleases Him the most. He is the King of relationship and loves that we ask of Him. He longs for us to boldly approach Him with unashamed childlikeness with our requests.