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! Luke 11:11-13
Dear heavenly Father, though a searching question by a good friend, earlier this week, I’ve been reminded of how much I take the person and work of the Holy Spirit for granted. But this portion of Luke’s gospel has stirred gratitude in my heart for your generosity and the Spirit’s ministry. Your Word has reminded me that the Holy Spirit is just as fully God as you and Jesus, and just as worthy of praise.
Indeed, blessed Holy Spirit, it’s because of you that I even believe the gospel. If you hadn’t given faith and life in the Lord Jesus, I would still be dead in my sins and trespasses. You also sealed me forever as the Father’s possession—marking me as his beloved Son. You’re the firstfruits of my final redemption—the guarantee that one Day I will live with the whole family of God in the new heaven and new earth.
It’s by you I hear the Father tell me I’m his beloved child, recognize his singing over me, and taste his great delight in me. It’s by you that I learn more of the glory and grace of Jesus, for you are always drawing attention to him. It’s through your power I’m convicted about my sin, and am enabled to put to death things about me that contradicts the gospel. It’s through your work that good fruit is being produced. I’m becoming more and more like Jesus because of your faithful, relentless work.
I can pray and worship acceptably only because of you. In fact, you’re praying inside of me right now, and you continue to do so even when I’m too undisciplined or too broken to pray. It’s by you that I am gifted for service and empowered for mission. How I praise you for your multiple graces in my life!
Glorious Father, I take Jesus’ promise seriously. Today, I ask for more of the Holy Spirit’s work in my life. I love fish and eggs, but what I need and want is the gift of your Holy Spirit. Free me from my stereotypes. Free me from a mere correct-yet-notional theology of the Spirit. Free me from being held hostage to old imbalanced teachings I used to embrace about the Spirit.
Free me from being too concerned about excesses and weird stuff that might happen. I am thirsty enough to be done with being cool and being in control. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ exalted and loving name.