Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Perfect 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 probably the wildest relationship I’ve ever had. It’s like a turbulent 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 resource able and willing to provide. Their requests may not always be granted, but parents generally want to give their kids good gifts.

When it comes to our relationship with our heavenly Father, just imagine what we would receive were we to simply ask. As the perfect parent, our Father wants to give the ultimate in good gifts. 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 reveals this truth as well as his desire to fill the "needs" that will bring him glory.

There’s nothing like receiving a gift for which we specifically asked. Our creator Father is waiting for us to ask. His good gift of the Holy Spirit will satisfy all our 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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