“…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 he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”
– Luke 11:9-13 (Jesus speaking)
This passage may sound familiar to you. When we read it in the Sermon on the Mount, it went like this:
“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 he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”
– Matthew 7:7-11 (Jesus speaking)
You may have noticed that Matthew’s version says “give what is good” while Luke’s version says “give the Holy Spirit” – thus indicating that the Holy Spirit brings goodness.
The Spirit of truth brings enlightenment and refreshment to our minds. He brings to us reminders of what Jesus has told us…and tells us new things from Jesus as well. The Helper is always focused on Jesus – never on Himself. For this reason, it can seem as if He’s not even there.
The word “spirit” comes from the same word that means “breath” or “wind.” As Jesus said:
“The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
– John 3:8
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, teach me how to find the life and refreshment You send in Your words…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)