“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!” Luke 11:13
Like everything else in my church world, I am somewhat different when it comes to the discipline of prayer. Oh, I do it. I pray regularly. I’m one of those pray-without-ceasing pray-ers. It’s just my style. I pray continually throughout my day. I talk to God on a regular basis. Our lines of communication are open and flowing.
I’m not sharing this to brag. In fact, my intent is the opposite. I envy those who set 30 minutes a day aside for prayer – prayer and nothing but prayer. It’s not that I don’t have the time. I could make the time. It’s just that I’ve never seen that as effective in my life. I have, however, seen it very effective in the lives of those around me.
So, who is the better prayer warrior? Those who set aside uninterrupted time each day to pray? Or those who pray all day? I think the answer is somewhere in between. Prayer mustn’t be a ritual that we follow. It can’t be staged. On the other hand, our prayers can’t be shallow and rushed.
The verse shared here is one that is often taken out of context. Some teach that we automatically get whatever we ask God to do in prayer. The verse is a small portion of Jesus’ teaching on His faithfulness and God’s all-encompassing love. Christ isn’t saying, “Ask for whatever you want. God will do it.” Jesus is saying, “Talk to God. Tell Him your needs. Seek His face. Explore His will. He is always available.”
Some of us set aside time every day to pray. Some of us pray throughout the day. Bottom line: Pray. Ask. Seek. Find. He won’t give us a million dollars just because we ask. He will guarantee all our needs are met when we involve Him in our daily walk. God isn’t a candy man answering our every wish and whim. He is our Sweet Savior who always has our best interest at heart, supplying our every need.