Luke 11:13 (NLT)Luke 11:1-13 is where the Lord teaches the disciples how to pray. It is where the Lord's Prayer is found. It is also where the A.S.K. principle is; Ask, Seek and Knock. Ask whatever you want, in His name and our Lord will answer and provide, in His loving ways in response to your prayers. But of all the things that you may ask, do you know what our Heavenly Father desire most to give you?
13If you sinful people 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."
13 ......, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him."The Holy Spirit! Have you ever wondered why? If not, consider then these verses. You may have already heard and read these verses, but when put together, it gives a perspective that I found very encouraging, empowered, that I am not alone and a certain sense of revelation and insight into how he chooses to work in my life ....in our lives.
The Person, Holy Spirit
John 14:16-17 (NLT)The Holy Spirit is also known as the Comforter, Helper and Teacher.
16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, who will never leave you.
17He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world at large cannot receive him, because it isn't looking for him and doesn't recognize him. But you do, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.
John 14:26 (NLT)
26But when the Father sends the Counselor as my representative--and by the Counselor I mean the Holy Spirit--he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I myself have told you.
The Fruit of the Holy Spirit
Galatians 5:22 (NLT)In fact, Galatians 5:16-26 is about Living by the Spirits Power, is worth your reading. The transformation in our lives through the workings of the Holy Spirit.
22But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law.
Notice that the verse say "fruit" and not "fruits". All of the above attributes are segments of the one fruit and they come to you in one package. You get it all!
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Ephesians 4:11 (NLT)It is through these gifts that the power of the Holy Spirit flows.
11He is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.
1 Corinthians 12:8-11 (NLT)
8To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another he gives the gift of special knowledge.
9The Spirit gives special faith to another, and to someone else he gives the power to heal the sick.
10He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and to another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to know whether it is really the Spirit of God or another spirit that is speaking. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages (tongues), and another is given the ability to interpret what is being said.
11It is the one and only Holy Spirit who distributes these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
1 Corinthians 12:27-28 (NLT)
28Here is a list of some of the members that God has placed in the body of Christ:
first are apostles,
second are prophets,
third are teachers,
then those who do miracles,
those who have the gift of healing,
those who can help others,
those who can get others to work together,
those who speak in unknown languages.
So what then is the importance of the Holy Spirit to you?
Galatians 6:8 (NLT)Your lives will then be the living stones (1 Peter 2:5) of His church, the light of the world (Matt 5:11), an imitator of God (Ephesian 5:1), a chosen people, a kingdom of priests, so you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9).
8Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful desires will harvest the consequences of decay and death. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.
John 10:10 (NLT)
10The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.