Matthew 7:9-11 New Living Translation © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust
9 “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.
In the 1870s, according to children’s refined breeding, my British Grannie could only talk to her parents when invited to speak to them.
Ancient thoughts of prayer in the Sermon on the Mount seem, therefore, all the more remarkable. Regardless of social patterns, Jesus admits that when hungry children ask for bread (the staple of life, even for the poor)—or a fish—they are heard.
Jesus shows how human parents will meet the pangs of hunger rather than offer harm.
However, the rules of “being proper spiritually” often bind adults even more, yet it’s important to admit our inner hunger. Since Moses taught that we don’t live by bread alone, but by every word of God (Deuteronomy 8:3), notice how Jesus uses the verbs ask and give.
We are not only allowed to ask, but Jesus commands us to ask—so let’s nourish our relationship by asking, and watch Him give!