Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016    Our Father who art in heaven   

Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 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 11:11-13  

By using rhetorical questions to characterize the kindness of human fathers, Jesus heightens the contrast between the earthly parents and God the Father, whose goodness is infinite. The gift of the Holy Spirit is the best gift of all.  The Holy Spirit dwells in the elect, who have become believers, as in His temple (FC SD XI 73) Jesus concludes this teaching by urging us to ask for that which God wants to give. [1]

A basic question, as it pertains to pray, is this, how should we pray? How ought we to pray? We pray in the name of our Lord Jesus. We pray confidently. We pray with faith in Him as our Savior and our Redeemer. We pray according to God’s revealed will. Such is the manner of Jesus’ prayer to His heavenly Father. In the garden, Jesus prayed, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not My will, but Yours be done.”-Luke 22:42 The leper came to Jesus, kneeling before Him said, “Lord, if You will, You can make me clean.” Thus, to pray is to speak to our Father confidently and faithfully as He directs us from His Word. John reminds us whenever we approach our Heavenly Father in faith He is willing to hear us and to act. “This is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us.” – 1 John 5:14

Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with your most gracious favor, and further us with your continual help; that in all our works begun continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy Name, and, finally, by your mercy, obtain everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.[2]

[1] The Lutheran Study Bible, © 2009 Concordia Publishing House St. Louis, MO Pg.1736
[2] Collect for Thursday after Ash Wednesday,

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