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!” Luke 11:11-13
It’s impossible for human beings to comprehend what God is. So to make it easier, we refer to him in terms of our heavenly Father. And in a sense He is. He did create us, along with everything else, and He does love us, at least when we do as He commands. For those reasons if for none other, we can think of how He feels about us and what we can expect Him to do for us in terms of the human fathers we know.
Most earthly fathers will do anything to make sure their children are provided for and have everything they need to become responsible adults and achieve their potential. It isn’t easy for them to say no when their children come to them asking for something, but rest assured, if it’s not in their children’s best interests, they will.
Now imagine the Lord, for whom mankind is His most special creation, so special that He sent His son to perish in the most horrible way so that our eternal souls might be saved. Can you imagine what lengths He would go to for us?
We have only to ask, and it will be done. However, before we ask, we should think hard about it and make sure, in as much as our limited human perspective allows, that what we’re asking for is both good for us and won’t negatively impact the life of anyone else. If we’re certain, then by all means, we should lay our requests at the foot of the Lord.
Still, if He sees fit not to give it to us, we can rest assured it isn’t because He didn’t want to, only that He knows best, and He loves us so much that for our own good He will disappoint us if need be.
And in those ways, He’s very much like the human fathers we know.