ASKING FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT
Jesus makes a very crucial point about receiving The Promise of the Father. And that is, asking.
He encourages Believers to ask and gives a firm assurance as to the Father's response:
"... 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.
Believers could ask themselves: "Have I received the Holy Spirit since I believed?". What would the answer be in your case?
If your answer is "No" then do what Jesus is expecting His People to do: ask.
However, when asking it's a blessing to have, as those disciples who Paul met had, someone who is experienced praying with them.
Asking could take place in a Gathering where there is an elder, or elders, who has received the Spirit, and least another Believer you know well.
If it's in a private place make sure that one of them is the same sex as you.
Of course, you can ask the Father on your own if that's not possible. Find a place where there's no restriction and allow plenty of time to give thanks and praise the Lord.
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.
Here's a suggested prayer:
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.
For some precious feelings of blessing are likely, such as having a special awareness of the presence of God. Or you find yourself speaking a language that is unknown to you which, at some stage will happen.
This tongue is a unique way of speaking to Him that God has given. You can stop (and restart) whenever you want to.
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".
Thank your heavenly Father for fulfilling His Promise. Lift your hands and praise Him.
Caution: 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.
This is a good time to refresh your reading about Kingdom life. The scriptures from Acts 2'1 to Revelation 3'22 in particular.
They portray people who are attempting to express the reality of the good news of Jesus and the Kingdom in their everyday lives.
(You can look at other pages on this website too. They aim to help Believers in the understandings and experiences of Christ).
Prayer. Heavenly Father, thank you for your promise of the Holy Spirit. Thank you, too, for the example of those New Covenant Believers in the word of Christ who received Him.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
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