Children: Assignment 11

Matthew 7:7-11

7Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.  9Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?  11If 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!

                Luke 11:5-13

                5Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and    says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6because a friend of mine on a journey has come to    me, and I have nothing to set before him.’  7Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me.  The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed.  I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs.  9So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  10For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.  11“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?  12Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  13If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

I can’t do that I’ll be “smothering” or I’ll be “shoving” myself on someone if I ask them to do me a favor.  Even salesmen know not to give up but going through life never asking for help will get you nowhere.  We’re taught not to be a bother to people and oh dear that’s going to offend someone, but if you need it you know how to get it and have no excuse for not having it.  And when everyone turns you away you keep going and you keep asking.  They’ll call you pushy but if it’s what you need you will get it.  Be persistent or accept what you don’t have.