Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Today's scripture meditation...

"And I tell you, Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  If 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!"
(Luke 11:9-13, RSV)

Questions for reflection:
  • Many times, people stop reading at verse 10 but to understand it, you must keep reading.  In what ways do I interpret this passage?  Do I ask God for material things and earthly favors or do I ask God for his Holy Spirit?
  • When have I been too proud to ask God for help?
  • Think about the times that God has bestowed His Holy Spirit on you.  How did it change your life? 
  • Reflect on when you have done God's will for you.  In what ways has doing his will made your life harder?  In what ways has it made your life easier?  Is it worth it?
  • EXTRA CREDIT:  Read Luke 11:14-28.  What does this passage mean?  How have you shored up your soul to keep it from being overcome by the devil?

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