ASKING FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT
Jesus really encourages Believers to ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Just read Luke chapter 11 verses 1 to 13. There He leaves no doubt about what the Father's answer will be.
He finishes His assurance with this:
"... I say to 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 he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?
Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
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.
If you realise that you did not receive the Holy Spirit when you believed, how about asking?
Paul was on hand to minister to the disciples in Acts 19. Having another Believer who has received the Spirit, to pray alongside you, is a blessing.
It could be with an Elder, or Elders, at the end of a meeting.
Asking the Father for the Spirit in private, in Jesus' name, is a possibility. Also, He may surprise by giving at any time in answer to the desire of the heart.
There is a danger that asking may turn into seeking and striving. There's an age-old saying, "don't seek the gift, seek the Giver".
Be encouraged by what James says: "Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you" (4'8). Lift your hands, praise and thank Him for His Kingdom promises.
Thank Him for His presence:
Heavenly Father, thank you for your promise to give the Holy Spirit to those who ask.
Lord, I am asking: give me the Holy Spirit in Jesus' name.
Father, I receive the Holy Spirit from you now. Thank you, Father.
Receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit may also bring pleasant feelings of blessing or a special awareness of the presence of God.
Spontaneous speaking with a strange language may happen immediately.
1 Corinthians 14'2 explains:
"... he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries".
"He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself ..." 1 Corinthians 14'4.
This tongue an exclusive way of speaking to God. At the same time it's a unique way of building ourselves up.
However, this tongue may not emerge straight away. Don't be concerned. It will happen. perhaps unexpectedly. Relax, rest in God.
Just thank the Father for fulfilling His Promise. Lift your hands and praise Him.
Again: If nothing seems to have happened, don't be disappointed and certainly don't be discouraged. That's not unusual. Keep in mind what you have done. You have asked - therefore you have received.
Leave the rest to the Lord. The "breakthrough" will happen, like a wonderful surprise. Until then, live life in thankful worship to Him.
And by the way, tongues speaking can be stopped and started at will.
The Saints in the scriptures of Acts 2'1 to Revelation 3'22 received the Holy Spirit.
They are portrayed expressing the reality of the good news of Jesus and the Kingdom in their everyday lives.
This is a good time to re-read those scriptures and refresh yourself about Kingdom life.
Prayer. Heavenly Father, thank you for your promise of the Holy Spirit. Thank you, too, for the examples in the word of Christ of those New Covenant Believers who received Him.
In Jesus' name. Amen.