How much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!

And he 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!” Luke 11:5-13

Jesus is not giving us and open account to ask for anything our heart desire. Many people take verses such as today’s to mean all we need do is ask and God will provide. Riches, health children or a spouse all one need do is ask and God will give it to us. But a careful reading of today’s verses show that Jesus is not talking about earthly things but heavenly things.

I think the key sentence is the last one, “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!” Jesus is not talking about what God can give us to make life more comfortable or easier. Jesus is talking about God sending the Holy Sprite to start the process of changing us from worldly to godly. In the first part of today’s verses Jesus is not talking about luxuries but a necessity, bread. The when He changes to a son and father Jesus is still taking about food. Just as bread was considered a necessity in the Jewish culture during Jesus’ ministry so too is the Holy Spirit a necessity to our salvation.

Jesus also tells us something else in today’s verses, the son asks for the fish and the egg. So to must we ask God to send the Holy Spirit to us. God our father in heaven will give us what we ask for but what we ask for needs to be in accordance with God’s will and plan. He may give us riches and more than we need but what He wants us to ask for is a relationship with Him. That relationship is worth more than all the bread, fish and eggs in the world.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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2 Responses to How much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!

  1. A great message David, we do indeed need to ask for The Holy Spirit and also God’s wisdom as we can see below it is the principle thing in understanding His Truth and will for us, when we ask we receive as you shared , we were not born with them, they are found only in Jesus Christ, not the world.

    Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

    James 1:5-6 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

    Colossians 2 :2 -3 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in Love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

    Psalm 49:3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

    Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

    Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

    Christian Love Always – Anne

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