The Good Gift
Luke 11:13 (AMP) If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good gifts [gifts that are to their advantage] to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him!
There are two words in this verse that I would like to focus on today. The first is “evil” and the second is “ask.”
The Lord was using the word evil to remind His hearers that they were evil by nature. The word used here is, poneros, which, while it means, evil, wicked or bad, it also means someone full of labours, annoyances and pressed and harassed by labours.
This would seem to speak of someone who would not only be hesitant to give good things to their children due to the cost, but also of those for whom it would be a hardship. In other words, He was speaking of an individual who would have difficulty giving good and beneficial gifts to their children due to financial restraints but would still work to find a way to give what would be beneficial. God, our Father, has no limitations that make His ability to give a hardship. There is no lack in Him.
The word for, ask, is, aiteo, and suggests that this is not just haphazard, lackadaisical asking. This is asking with the passion of craving, desiring or requiring a thing. It even could be understood to be begging for the thing desired.
So, we see that God is very interested in granting our request when He sees that we are serious about receiving His Holy Spirit.
How does He know that we are serious? When we have it in our heart and mind to the degree that we continue to ask until we receive. This is in keeping with the desire that is found in Matthew 7:7 and Luke 11:9.
Matthew 7:7 (AMP) Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. (Also Luke 11:9 – AMP).
Sincerely ask and the Lord will willingly and speedily give.
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