If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your
Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!“
Matthew 7:11

It is every parent’s desire to give their child the best they can give according to their means. Sacrifices are made most of the time just to give the child their needs, as well as their wants—within reasonable limits, of course.

Have you ever observed how children ask their parents for something they truly need or desire? Children, in all their innocence, approach their parents with full expectation and confidence. How amazing is it that most of the time, children get something even greater than what they ask for? That’s because parents—in their natural inclination to give their children what they think is best—know what to give their children. And what they know is, of course, limited to their knowledge of what is good.

“Father” is an intentional name that God gave us to call Him. This is an assurance that He will never give us what is bad for us. This is an assurance that He will always give us what will be best for us.

As I read this particular passage over and over, a sense of peace and rest settles in me. Jesus encourages us to pray with impudence, showing that our heavenly Father is better than our earthly father for in Him, there is no evil. We take confidence in the fact that God is unlimited in His goodness—free from sin or weaknesses that our earthly father has.

As I further reflect on this passage, I am reminded: my heavenly Father is the creator of this universe; my heavenly Father gives according to His riches; my heavenly Father, who did not spare His own Son Jesus—how much more will He give us the smaller things according to His will.

So we, as His children, should come to Him with childlike faith, with importunity and boldness, in full expectation that our all-perfect Parent will give His best answer.

Today, God offers you the best gift there is—His loving care and presence over your life through the Holy Spirit. Come to Him and cast your cares on Him for He cares for you.

Written By:  Anne Ilagan