Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 4:15-5:33 / Luke 11:5-32 / Proverbs 8:32-36
In 1968, an inbound New York plane had a landing gear malfunction. The wheels would not lock into place and it circled over the airport in desperation. Instructions were given to foam the runway and for the pilot to land as best as he could. Moments before landing, the pilot announced over the intercom, “We are beginning our final descent. In accordance with International aviation codes established at Geneva, it is my obligation to inform you that if you believe in God, you should commence praying!”
There are some people who treat prayer like it is for emergencies only while others think prayer is wrestling with a reluctant God and forcefully reminding Him of His promises and obligations. Our Heavenly Father is not reluctant or stingy but is welcoming and willing to bless us abundantly!
Jesus shares a story about a man who was approached at midnight by his friend with an emergency request for bread. The man was reluctant because he was in bed but because of his friend’s persistence, he got up and gave his friend bread. Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:9,10)
God is willing, kind and generous to His children. He is even more compassionate and loving than the greatest of earthly fathers. Human fathers have limitations as they can only do so much for their children but our Heavenly Father goes beyond natural limits and gives us the greatest of gifts. Jesus specifically refers to the ultimate gift, “If you… 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!” (vs.13)
Our Heavenly Father is ready, willing and capable to fill our lives with His Spirit! The Holy Spirit searches all things, knows the mind of God and teaches us. He gives life to those who believe and leads them in the ways of God. The Spirit helps us in our weakness and intercedes on our behalf. He works all things together for our ultimate good by bringing The Spirit’s strength, empowerment and transformation in our lives.
God gives us more than we can ever hope for, desire or need! The Heavenly Father graciously gives to us not on the basis of merit but simply because of His kindness and grace. God’s gift of His Spirit is presented to us not as a visitor or a passing event but as a lifelong indweller and transformer. Hudson Taylor wrote, “What is wanted is not that we get more of The Holy Spirit but that The Holy Spirit should get more of us.” The real question is not “will God give us His Spirit” but will we ask Him For His Spirit. God is willing to pour out His Spirit in your life. So what are you waiting for…ask!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!