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Snakes on a plate

For all those who ask will receive, and those who seek will find, and the door will be opened to anyone who knocks. Would any of you who are fathers give your son a snake when he asks for fish? Or would you give him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? Bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Luke 11 : 10 - 13 (GNB)

I am sure at some point or another you have asked someone for help, or asked to borrow something from them. It may have been a friend or family member. Assuming that the person likes you the chances are that they tried to help, or at the very least they didn't go out of their way to hinder you.

So now think of when you have asked God for help. Did you make your request with the same positive expectation as the plea to your friends or family? Were you as willing to ask God for help as you are with your friends? Did you expect to receive an answer? If not we need to ask ourselves why.

As we see in our passage this week, us humans, despite our tendency to be self-centred and 'bad' as the passage puts it we still try and help our friends and family. Generally we do not try and be mean to the people we love or care about. So if we know we can do it why would we think that God, who is good would be any different?

We shouldn't be afraid to ask God for what we need, nor should we be anxious about his response. We have a God that loves us and is rooting for us to thrive. He isn't trying to trip you up or harm you. Like a friend he is much more interested in helping you up and supporting you as you go through life together.

This week don't hold back, ask God for what you need, and trust that his reply will not be a snake on a plate. Have a great week.

This week's song is Can't stop your love by Worship Central.

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