A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 11:5-13
Jesus said to his disciples: "Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,' and he says in reply from within, 'Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.' I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence. "And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?"
REFLECTION: ..." how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?"
When we pray, do we dedicate ourselves to pray well or do we recite words without much thought and then say we prayed? Do we pray daily--with our family, spouses, friends, while driving or cleaning house? How we pray affects our faith, our relationships and our Church.
When we pray do we ask for God's will in our lives? God has promised that He wants to answer our prayers and not only that, Jesus says, " how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?" The Third Person of the Holy Trinity will help us in our weaknesses and with our inability to pray. ( Roman 8:26)
The man of the house responds because he knows the neighbor won't go away. God responds and gives us gifts because He loves us. When we pray we should ask God for that which we think would be good for us and the harder we pray the more graces we will receive. We owe everything and expect everything from God.
Believe in the supernatural gifts from the Holy Spirit—believe in miracles!