Fire | Pentecost 2020
Silence and stillness before God (2 minutes)
Reading: Matthew 7:7-11(NIV)
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
When someone knocks on your front door, do you open it? It’s usually a neighbor, a friend, or Amazon at my house. If your children ask for a snack, (maybe not the 100th time that day, but the first time) do you give them something yummy to snack on? If you’re looking for your car keys, do you keep looking until you find them?
In all of these things, I relate. When I read the passage above - asking, seeking, and knocking - the one word that comes to mind is persistence. I persist until I get what I need.
Jesus knows, and knew, that we would need help. Before he was crucified, He promised the disciples that He would send to them a helper, a comforter, an advocate - a gift.
The marvelous thing I take from reading these passages is not only does God want to give us the gift of the Holy Spirit but that He wants us to be involved. He wants us to want Him. He desires us to seek Him. To be persistent in pursuing and deepening our relationship with Him. And then… and then He is faithful to give us the best gift--all because we asked.
"16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth…26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:16-17, 26 NIV)
Jesus has good things for us - but the best gift was, and is, the Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Jesus, we ask for the Holy Spirit to be more present in our lives. We are seeking to know You more, to go deeper with You, to love You more. We delight in Your presence and Your gifts. Thank you for Your faithfulness, and Your persistent love for us. Give us the strength to persist in running after You. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Conclude with silence and stillness before God (2 minutes)