11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 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 the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
My younger son’s birthday was coming and we agreed that we won’t have a birthday party as he had one the previous year with his friends as they went bowling. This year we allowed him to invite some friends over so that he can play with them. We tried to discourage him from calling it a birthday party, but he couldn’t help but say it was a ‘little’ birthday party because he wanted the gifts.
Jesus gives us the picture of what God is like when it comes to prayer requests. God is a generous God, but not the one that some evangelists would preach as a health and wealth God. He wants us to make request through prayer and not make the assumption that we should get it anyway. We may be thinking why just the Holy Spirit and why can’t we get more material stuff? He knows that we are in want and in need and the most important gift that He can give us is the Holy Spirit. Jesus makes the point that the Holy Spirit is a good gift that he will give to us and is more precious and more important than any other birthday wish we could ever ask for.