Growing up, were you close with your dad? I don’t mean did you see him every day or did you get the car you told him you wanted. I’m talking, did you have fun with him? Did he take you to the park or twirl you while you danced? Did he take you out for ice cream or to the movies? Did you play ball with him, ride in his convertible, or have long talks about life with him? If you answered no to any of those things, IT IS OKAY!
I have heard the term “daddy’s girl” so much growing up that I think it scarred me. I found myself wondering, “Am I a daddy’s girl?” and “What can I do to be one?” My sister was the “daddy’s girl” in our family. Now before you go feeling all sorry for me, I should tell you that I never doubted for a moment my dad’s love for me. I wasn’t deprived of affection, but I think at times I missed out on things (like time with my dad) because I simply never asked. I was too afraid to ask to do things because I thought I would be inconveniencing my parents or adding to a list of requests my sisters had already made. Whether it was out of pride or humility, I’m not real sure; but I do know my dad would have done all that he could so that I could have whatever I asked for as long as it was honorable, and I know my fear was unnecessary.
In Luke 11 we see Jesus instruct His people on how to pray. He actually begins His prayer by calling out “Father” and then goes on to make requests. After Jesus prays, He then stresses the importance of making your requests known through prayer and persistence. In His illustrations He makes clear that earthly fathers delight in providing for their children and that they even care for their children’s well-being by giving good gifts. He uses this fact to teach us about our Heavenly Father’s character. Jesus starts by laying out that
Our Earthly Father Delights in Providing
In verses 11 and 12 Jesus tells of a hypothetical interaction between father and son where the son asks for two things: a fish and an egg. I would imagine fish and eggs were pretty easy to come by. He isn’t asking for some exquisite meal, just something to nourish. Nonetheless, a good or even average earthly father would grant these requests in order to provide nutrition for his son’s body. I know if I asked my dad for lunch, he would not only provide it, but he would be happy to do so. He would be grateful his hard work provided food for our family.
Our Earthly Father Desires to Protect
In the same two verses we see that a good father protects his children. Jesus says that a father is not going to give his son a serpent when he asked for a fish or a scorpion in place of an egg obviously, because a serpent or scorpion can hurt the child. A father’s desire is for his child to be safe from harm. God designed fathers this way to teach us and demonstrate for us His ways as God our Father. We also see that
Our Earthly Father Gives Good Gifts
Jesus also tells us in verse 13 that our earthly fathers know how to give good gifts even though they are evil. This evil that is mentioned is referring to the depravity of man, that we are evil or sinful by nature. So even in our fallen sin nature, mankind is able to give good gifts. I’m sure you have received a gift that you loved before and know this to be true.
An earthly father has a heart to provide whatever his child asks for and will fulfill the requests by whatever means he can. The thing that I love about this passage is that it doesn’t stop there. We know our dad wants to give us everything we could ever dream of having or accomplishing, but he can only do so much. An earthly father can only give earthly things, but our Heavenly Father can give us heavenly things that far exceed things of this world.
Our Heavenly Father Provides Salvation
In Luke 11:13 Jesus asks, “How much more will the Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” Our Heavenly Father wants to give us salvation and has offered it to us through His Son, Jesus, by His death on the cross. All we have to do is ask the Lord to save us, and He will give us the gift of salvation and seal us with the indwelling Spirit of the Lord!!! Now, that is an incredible gift to have been given. He has provided for us in a way that our earthly father never could have provided. God offers to us a gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
Our Heavenly Father Protects Us from Evil
God the Father fulfills ultimate protection from the serpent by saving us from eternal damnation. Romans 10:13 says, “Whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” He has provided salvation to all people to save them from their sin so they may walk in righteousness. He wishes none to perish but all to have eternal life (John 3:16). This is an ultimate protection from an eternal hell. Not to mention, the Lord will also protect you from evil through guiding you in daily decisions and directing your path in this life here on earth. Sometimes we may really want something, but the Lord knows it is not His best or that it will harm us so he withholds that from us. But Scripture tells us that He withholds no good thing from those who walk uprightly (Psalm 84:11).
Our Heavenly Father Gives Greater Gifts
An earthly father can only give earthly gifts but our heavenly Father can give heavenly gifts (like the holy spirit, salvation, peace, joy, satisfaction, hope, righteousness, forgiveness, faithfulness, and self-control). These are things only found in God the Father and are far greater than anything an earthly father can give. God created us and put desires in our hearts that only He can fill, and He wants us to bring our requests before Him as we pour out our heart to Him in prayer.
The greatest request He grants is the cry for salvation. I pray if you do not know the Lord as your Savior that you would call upon His name and make this your request; and if you already know Him as Lord, that you would bring your requests to Him. He loves you. He wants to provide everything you will ever need. He wants to protect you from any harm that seems to surround you. He wants to give you good things. Like an earthly father, God provides, protects, and gives, but to an extent so beyond our earthly needs that we cannot but praise Him, our heavenly Father.
Lord, help me to hear You calling me to Yourself. Help me to spend time praying and pouring out my heart to You. Remind me that You are with me and have not forgotten me. Let my life be filled with heavenly things, rather than earthly. And help me treasure the things You have entrusted to me. I love You, Jesus.
John Macarthur Study Bible