Friday, May 8, 2009

Good Gifts

If you then...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 11:13

Parenting is the hardest relationship I have yet encountered. It’s like the wildest roller coaster while quickly resembling the tranquil beauty of an ocean sunset. Just about every imaginable emotion lies in between. The crazy part is that even given the uncertain emotional nature of the relationship, when my child asks, I want to give.

The truth is that most parents know exactly what their kids want because kids aren’t afraid to ask. Knowing what is available, they believe that they have a ready source able to provide. And, while their requests may not always be granted, parents generally want to give their kids good gifts.

Translating this truth to our relationship with the heavenly Father, just imagine what we would receive were we to simply ask. As the perfect parent, the Father wants to give the ultimate in good gifts to his children. But, asking is an important part of the process.

Prior to asking, a "need" must first be identified. Next is acknowledging that this "need" will bring about change in one’s life. Asking is the point where "need" and the desire for fulfillment meet. When Jesus says, Ask and it will be given (Luke 11:10a) he recognizes this truth and he wants to fill the "needs" that will bring him glory.

There’s nothing like receiving a gift that we specifically asked for. The heavenly Father is waiting for you to ask. His good gift of the Holy Spirit will satisfy all your needs.

Jesus, thank you for your willingness to respond to our asks.
Today I ask for your good gift of the Holy Spirit.
This is the "need" that I want to become real.

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