HOW DOES GOD ANSWER OUR PRAYERS?

LUKE 11:13:  “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!”

OBSERVATION:  What relationship is there between our needs, our prayers, and the Holy Spirit?  Usually when I think of this verse I am drawn to think about the relationship between prayer and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, the promise of the Father given in Acts 1-2.  While this is a very important understanding I don’t think it is the primary understanding in light of the context.  The context is prayer in general and asking for our daily provision and the things we will need as we follow Jesus.

Jesus tells the disciples who have asked Him how to pray – LUKE 11:9-10:  “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. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”  At that moment it was Jesus the disciples depended on.  He was always in their midst, available to ask, available to guide them into the Father’s will.  But as Jesus had told them, the day was approaching when He would depart from them.  In that day it would be the Holy Spirit who would lead, teach, and guide them.  The Holy Spirit would also move among them through gifts that would meet their needs and empower them for ministry.

When you put this all together you can see how essential the Holy Spirit is to our daily walk and the success of our prayer life and life of faith.  Jesus did not say the Father would give them “stuff” when they prayed.  No, Jesus said the Father would give them the Holy Spirit.  It is in the indwelling person of the Holy Spirit that the fulness of the Godhead abides in the believer and in the Church.  It is through the Holy Spirit that every gift needed is given to the Church to be received.  He leads, guides, and provides.  When we are facing a trial or need, we don’t need stuff – we need the Holy Spirit!

Oh, how important it is then to not grieve the Holy Spirit.  How many times do we miss the provision the Father desires to give us because we persist in stubbornness, doubt, or sin.  The Holy Spirit speaks to us through a “still small voice”.  He pours out His gifts upon the humble and meek of heart.  He does not coerce, He invites.  He does not push, He leads.  He is not like us – He is the living God!  He brings the presence of the Father and the risen Christ to our lives.  He brings the full provision of heaven to our lives.  The HOLY SPIRIT is the Father’s answer to our prayers!!

Lord, this morning fill me anew with Your Holy Spirit!  Holy Spirit give me eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to obey.  Jesus, let me glorify You in my moment by moment response to the Holy Spirit.  May I be empowered so that I may be effective in Your Kingdom!  In Jesus Name!

 

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is pastor of The Fellowship at Weatherford, a Foursquare Church in Weatherford, Texas. He has developed an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information please send an email to klzehnder@aol.com
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