In Luke 11:9-13, Jesus says, “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!”

Throughout the New Testament, Jesus uses natural relationships (i.e. children and parents, husband and wife, etc.) to illustrate truths about the way God relates to us. He explains heavenly concepts through earthly imagery—Jesus was a master teacher.

The illustration of the father-son relationship in the passage in Luke relates this important truth: As Christians, we are a part of the family of God; we are no longer servants begging for bread, but sons and daughters with the authority to raid the pantry and fridge whenever we get hungry. If this is true, why does spiritual destitution exist in the Christian walk at all? Often in prayer, we rush and miss its purpose—communion with our Heavenly Father. “Communion” means “the joining of mind and spirit.”

When we enter genuine communion with God, we grow in our understanding of God’s nature and increase our faith in the goodness of God. When we have a proper understanding of God as He truly is, we run to Him and are not afraid of Him.

So, how can we enter this communion with God?

Slow down. Be still and know that He is God. Slow down and take time to cultivate a relationship with God. He is our Father, our Savior, our Friend; the love a good earthly father bears toward his children is a mere shadow or reflection of the great love God shows to us.


Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Comments are closed.