Luke 11, 5-13:
“What father among you, when his son asks for bread, will give him a stone or if he asks for a fish, will give a snake 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 your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask?”.
These last words of today’s Gospel caught my attention. And Jesus says them after insisting that we be in constant prayer, without resting.
And it is that He knows that we do not know how to pray and we need the sure guide of the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit teaches us the exact pedagogy to learn how to pray and to ask. Because our prayers and petitions are often childish. And our Father God does not grant whims or spoil his children.
Prayer has to make us more aware of the role of God in our life and what we are called to achieve.
If we ask the Father to give us the Holy Spirit, this same Spirit will give it to us and will teach us to pray at the same time that he will be guiding our steps and our actions.
Also he will continue rectifying our mind, ordering our heart and directing our steps.
Antonio Mª Sanjuan Marin, cmf