Luke 11:11

ESV What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent;
NIV Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?
NASB Now which one of you fathers will his son ask for a fish, and instead of a fish, he will give him a snake?
CSB What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish?
NLT You fathers — if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead?
KJV If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

What does Luke 11:11 mean?

Jesus has explained that if a man is persistent, eventually his neighbor will meet his needs, even if to do so is inconvenient (Luke 11:5–8). Here, Jesus explains that if a son makes a reasonable request for food, his earthly father will not give him something harmful, instead.

Even more so, if Jesus' disciples ask God, their heavenly Father, for that which will help them accomplish God's will, God will generously fill their request (Luke 11:1–4, 13). Jesus has mentioned more laborers to help in the work of spreading the news that the kingdom of God has come (Luke 10:2). Now, He includes that the kingdom would continue to come, that the disciples would receive enough food for each day's needs, that forgiveness would characterize their relationships with God and others, and that they would not fall into temptation (Luke 11:2–4). Later, the Father will provide the Holy Spirit who will empower Jesus' followers to spread the message of how God's kingdom through Jesus offers salvation (Luke 11:13; Acts 2:1–4).

Prayer doesn't annoy God. Unthinkingly repeating words as if reciting a mantra or magic spell does not please Him (Matthew 6:7). However, asking for the same thing over and over doesn't anger Him (Luke 18:1–8). It is true that He won't always answer our prayers in the way we want (Luke 22:42). We should pray humbly, knowing that He knows what is best for us and that He has a plan. But we should also ask boldly, as to a father who loves his child.
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