Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”
And Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say:
“Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”
And Jesus said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’?
I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs.
And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened
What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 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 the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
It is perfectly alright to ask
Especially within father and son relationship
Jesus is teaching us to relate to God as our heavenly father
We live in a world of negative impression against God. For example, insurance documents worldwide explicitly labeled natural disasters as “acts of God”.
The world is teaching a misleading impression of God.
If we want to fully understand God, we need to look at Jesus
John 1:18 – No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
John was talking about Jesus.
When we read and understand how Jesus showed compassion on people, we are looking at the compassion of God.
When we learn how Jesus broke bread and fed the multitudes, this show’s our Father in heaven taking care of people when they are hungry.
When Jesus teaches us to pray, He is teaching us to trust and depend on God our Father in heaven to take care of us.
Prayer is our act of faith to trust our heavenly Father