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“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!” Luke 11:13 NIV

I need to ask for the Holy Spirit and when I ask, my Father in heaven who knows more than any man (or woman) on earth how to give good gifts to his children will give me the Holy Spirit. If I feel a lack in my life, does that lack exist because I have failed to ask? James seems to think so. “You do not have, because you do not ask God.” (James 4:2) “Ask and it will be given to you,” Jesus says. “Everyone who asks receives.” (Matthew 7:7,8)

Do I ask only once or do I keep on asking until I have received? Jesus told the story of a widow who kept coming to the judge of her town, asking for justice. She didn’t give up asking though he kept refusing her request. In the end, he granted her what she asked and Jesus says that if an ungodly man would eventually give in to this woman’s pleas, how much more will God do the same for us if we keep crying out to him day and night? (Luke 18:2-8)

Can I ask for anything I want? No! My motives must be right. (James 4:3) Even if I’m asking for the Holy Spirit, if my motives are wrong, God will not grant my request. Look at Simon the sorcerer who offered to buy the Holy Spirit so he would have more power for his magic arts! (Acts 8:18-24)

What should I be asking God for? What needs do I see in my life and elsewhere that could be met if only I would ask and keep on asking with the right motives? “Ask and it will be given you.”

Lord, have I been missing out on something you want to do in me, for me or through me because I haven’t asked? Are there others who have been missing out because I have failed to ask you on their behalf? Am I being disobedient if I don’t ask you for what I need? Please help me remember to ask you and keep on asking and Lord, please keep my motives pure and honouring to you in all ways.


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Oh God
You surround me with your love,
with memories
of who you are
of what you've done
of promises you've made
of who I want to be
of who I am because of you.

You give me hope and joy,
peace and gratitude.
You convict me
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encourage me
and remind me
of what it means to follow you.

You listen to my prayers
and grant my requests
in your time.
You give me insight
and knowledge
and words to write
to share your presence
your goodness
your love
your admonition
with others.

You expand my love
to pray for friend and foe
near and far
family and stranger
people as pins on maps
clustered and scattered
who know you and reject you
for those in need
and those too full to need.

You draw me close
and then release me
to bring you close to others
to serve
and love
and give
all I have received.

You fill my heart with joy
that warms
and glows
and bursts
into laughter,
and even dance.

You wrap me in your arms
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