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School of Prayer Day 7: The Gift Above All Others

“So if 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.”
Luke 11:13

One of the things I am grateful for in my dad is that there are a lot of good traits that I have gotten from him. My dad is a big giver. I am not as big a giver as my he, but I do enjoy giving. My dad is full of mercy. That spirit of mercy has transferred on to all of his children. Parents pass along their personalities down to their children. My mom is very creative and each of my brother and sisters each have a different creative gift. I pray that my mom’s ability to pray and her hunger for God is something that I catch.

All of this to say my parents are a gift from God. Just as they are a gift to me, I consider the good traits that they have exemplified and that I have received as gifts to me.

God has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit to pass along His character and His traits to His children. The Holy Spirit is a gift we are to ask for, why?

Because it is the Holy Spirit who brings comfort. He brings a Spirit of adoption. He is the Spirit of Truth. Andrew Murray says He is the Spirit of prayer through whom we speak to the Father. He is the Spirit of Holiness (which without, no one will see God). He is the Spirit of Power. Holy Spirit develops in us the fruits of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and self-control (by the way, I am able to recite those fruits to this day because of my mom). It is the Holy Spirit that directs us and it is the Holy Spirit that helps us find the will of God.

To live the abundant life God has called us to, we must ask God for His Spirit. There is a reason that God promised it to His children, and there is a Power that His children live in when they ask God for this Gift.

Remember: Ask and you will receive.