Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say:
“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”
And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell 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 the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
In Forgotten God, Francis Chan writes, “I am convinced that there is a desperate need in the church for the Holy spirit of God to be given room to have His way. I think we can agree that there is a problem in our churches, that something is wrong. But I don’t think we can reach an agreement on what to do about it. Most people do not connect what is missing or wrong to a particular need for the Holy Spirit” (p.28).
Whatever my need…the Holy Spirit is the answer.
Not a change in circumstances.
Not more money.
Not a new husband.
Not a bigger house.
Not a different job.
Not a new ministry.
Not a nicer co-worker.
Not more obedient kids.
Not a different president.
Not new carpet.
Not a new kitchen table.
Not a best friend.
Not a clone of myself.
Not a new hair cut.
What He desires is to give me His ability to love others, to be joyful in all things, to exhibit peace and make peace with the gospel, to wait with patience, extend kindness, to do good works, to be faithful, to be gentle, to practice self-control, to be humble. He wants to be my companion and my teacher. He wants to be my wisdom and develop in me the mind of Christ. The answer that He wants to give is His Holy Spirit. God’s answer to all of my prayers is Himself!