Luke 11:9-13 reads “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Of if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, 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?” Although this verse is often referenced as a blank check from God to ask for whatever we want and God will unconditionally give it to us, that’s not at all what this Scripture is about. After all, a blank check in the hands of those who are not capable of handling it could end very disastrously. The underlined phrase says exactly what Jesus was referring to when He spoke of The Father’s liberality in giving. Jesus said that The Father will “give the Holy Spirit”. So it’s not the asking, seeking and knocking for any random thing, it’s the quest for The Holy Spirit that God will provide!
So, what’s so special about The Holy Spirit? Well, among many things, The Holy Spirit helps us center our lives around the priority of purpose. The Holy Spirit teaches and confirms God’s will. And then, when we ask for things on the premise of God’s will, we receive them. This is backed by The Scripture found in John 14:12-13 which reads: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My Name, that will I do, that The Father may be glorified in The Son. If you ask anything in My Name, I will do it.” Notice that the subject matter is doing great works like Christ. That being the framework for these verses, Jesus further explains that asking for anything to accomplish God’s will on earth through us (which is our purpose) will be granted. In fact, we can be assured that whatever we need to help further the cause of our life’s purpose, God will absolutely provide the need or the means to obtain it.
Romans 8:26, 27 reads: “Likewise The Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but The Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He Who searches the hearts knows what the mind of The Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” This gives us further assurance as The Holy Spirit takes on another role in helping us by interceding on our behalf when we don’t even realize or know what we need to fulfill our life’s purpose. With the power of The Holy Spirit at work in our lives, we can definitely live with confidence as described in Romans 8:31: “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Further discussion questions...
How do we know the difference between arrogance and confidence in God?
Do we always have to make requests to God, or is it ever alright to just expect Him to provide?
STUDY REFERENCE SCRIPTURES: Luke 11:9-13, John 14:12-13, Romans 8:18-30