Faith Daily | 7 October 2021
PRAYER of the DAY - PENTECOST APBA p588
whose hand is open
to fill all things living with plenteousness:
make us ever thankful for your goodness,
and grant that we, remembering the account
that we must one day give,
may be faithful stewards of your bounty;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 11: 5-13
5 And he said to them, ‘Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, “Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.” 7And he answers from within, “Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.” 8I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.
9 ‘So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 10For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 11Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? 12Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? 13If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit* to those who ask him!’
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Allan Bell
This passage follows a disciple’s request to Jesus “Lord, teach us how to pray,” and Jesus initially responds with the Lord’s Prayer.
He then goes on to the first parable (verses 5 to 9) about asking a friend for help. There are for me a number of significant aspects of this parable which are relevant to prayer. Firstly, and most importantly, when praying you are communicating with a friend. You must know and accept God as your friend before you come to pray. Secondly, just as you ask a friend for help with some confidence of receiving what you ask for, you should be confident of an answer from God. Thirdly, you can ask in prayer at any time even at midnight. It is never too late. Finally, you have to be persistent in prayer. Perseverance shows we are serious about prayer and regular prayer has the power to strengthen faith.
In the second parable of the response to a child asking, Jesus is urging us to ask for help through prayer. We should not be afraid to ask. A loving father will respond with an appropriate answer.
The standout message for me in this passage is the blessed reassurance that persistent prayer based on firm faith will deliver what is needed. Even the ultimate gift of the Holy spirit Holy Holy Spirit will be provided if only we ask the heavenly Father in faithful prayer.
FINAL PRAYER: From A Prayer to Strengthen Your Prayer Life, By Julie Gillies
strengthen my prayer life.
Help me to pray more.
Help me to truly understand
that You always hear me,
to know Your Word so I can pray it,
to bring to You my own prayer needs and the needs of others,
and to know that You really do know me.
In the name of Jesus,