If imperfect parents know how to lovingly take care of their children and give them what they need, how much more will the perfect heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit’s fullness when his children ask him. Luke 11:13
Father, give me the fullness of the Spirit.
I can say “no” to other people but it is really hard for me to say no to my kids. Part of that is a wonderful thing and part of that is a broken thing. I know that I am a very imperfect parent but I sure do love my children and have given everything I was able to give. But there have been times when I have longed to give them something for which I did not have the resources. Other times, I was “dying” to give them something I knew they needed but they didn’t yet realize they needed it so I couldn’t give it to them.
God isn’t limited in resources so He isn’t bound by not being able to give that way. But God – in all of His power, in all of His loving desire, in all of His wisdom in knowing what we need – is bound when we don’t realize our need. I’m pretty sure that’s what this verse refers to: God waits to be gracious to you (Isaiah 30:18)
Asking is the way to communicate to our perfect Father that we know that we need the gift of the Holy Spirit. Part of His waiting to be gracious to us is that He waits until we ask. When we ask, we open the door the first crack of the way to receive. He will help us with the rest that hinders us from flinging the door wide open…this is the deep inner work we enter into with the Spirit. But as we get ready for Pentecost Sunday (and for those joining the prayer retreat to ask for a fresh filling of the Spirit the week after), I encourage you to just ask. Let the door open. Our Father is right there waiting.
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