Hey person, last week when you told me a Bible story Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet listening and Martha was in the kitchen fixing me something to eat while I was taking a nap – I mean, while I was listening intently to Jesus.
But I forgot what Jesus told me.
I was not sleeping – but okay, I’ll listen now.
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished one of His disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray.”
Jesus said to the disciples, “When you pray, say:
Hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
For we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.
I don’t think that works for me.
I’m tempted every day – by Scratchy’s food dish.
Yes, I’m listening, but you know if Scratchy ate all his food I wouldn’t have to finish it for him.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.’”
I would be the one needing the bread because I always eat everything I can find.
I guess I’d better listen to see how to get those three loaves of bread.
“Then the friend inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed.’”
I wonder if the dog is in bed with them too.
“’I can’t get up and give you anything, the friend said.’”
Then Jesus said, “I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is a friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs.”
I’m on my way.
I’ve got to ask that guy for some bread. Maybe he has some fish too.
I don’t want to stay and listen. That guy might give his food to someone else.
Jesus then said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Does scratching on the door count for knocking?
Jesus asked, “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”
I knew God would give me a fish if I asked!