7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Luke 11:9-13New King James Version (NKJV) Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking
9 “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. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 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? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 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!”
Some may wonder why you need the Holy Spirit. Here are some of the many reasons:
He concerns your new birth into the Kingdom of God
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit
, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
He concerns your worship of God
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit
and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
He concerns your knowing God and God’s truth – the Bible
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit
, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
He concerns your effectiveness (power) in witnessing Jesus
[ The Holy Spirit Promised
] And being assembled together with them,
He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said,
“you have heard from Me;
for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit
not many days from now.”
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit
has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
[ Coming of the Holy Spirit
] When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit
gave them utterance.
‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit
on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.
And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
And we are His witnesses to these things, and so
the Holy Spirit
whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
But he, being full of the Holy Spirit
, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,
And my speech and my preaching were
not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit
and of power,
Now we have received, not the spirit
of the world, but the Spirit
who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit
teaches, comparing spirit
ual things with spirit
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit
of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them,
because they are spirit
who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit
; for the letter kills, but the Spirit
Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
He concerns your true status
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.