How To Receive God’s Holy Spirit


One day, when Jesus had finished praying, his students made this request (123):

“Lord, teach us to pray, just as John the Baptizer taught his students.”  Jesus responded, “Simply focus your prayers on these themes:


“God, our father in heaven, we want to honor your holy name with our lives.  We want you to be our king.

“Please, give us today any provision we need for today — no more, no less.

“Please, help us forgive the wrong things that other people do to us.  Please forgive the wrong things that we have done to you.

“And, please, don’t put our faith to the test.”


Jesus wanted to emphasize the importance of persistence in prayer & the great goodness of God.  So he also gave them this illustration:

“Suppose one of you goes to a friend’s house at midnight and says to him, ‘Please, let me borrow three loaves of bread. A guest has just come to stay overnight at my place, but I don’t have any food for him.’

“And suppose your friend calls out, ‘Go away! We’re trying to sleep here!’

“You know that, if you keep on knocking & asking, eventually your friend will get up & give you the bread — just to get rid of you!

“God is much greater than your grumpy friend.  Keep asking God, and you will always receive what you need.  Keep seeking God, and you will always find him.  Keep knocking, and God will always open the door to his kingdom.


“Everyone who keeps asking God will receive what he needs.  Everyone who keeps seeking God will find him.  Everyone who keeps knocking will have the door opened to God’s kingdom.”


Jesus concluded by teaching that persistent, faithful prayer is the key to receiving God’s Holy Spirit:

“Would any father give his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Would you give him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?

“As sinful as you are, you know how to give good things to your children!


“So you must know that we can trust our good Father God to give the Holy Spirit to anyone who asks for him!”


(123) Luke 11:1-13