“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 the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13).
God’s giving is inseparably connected with our asking. He applies this principle especially to the gift of the Holy Spirit. As surely as a father on earth gives bread to his child, so God gives the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him. One great law rules the whole ministry of the Holy Spirit: We must ask; God must give. When the Holy Spirit was poured out on Pentecost with a flow that never ceases, it was in answer to prayer. Of all the gifts of the early church to which we should aspire, there is none more needed than the gift of prayer—prayer that brings the Holy Spirit into the midst of believers.
Prayer links the King on the throne with the church at His feet. The church, the human link, receives its divine strength from the power of the Holy Spirit, who comes in answer to their prayers. Where there is much prayer, there will be much of the Spirit; where there is much of the Spirit, there will be ever-increasing prayer. If prayer was the power by which the early church flourished and triumphed, shouldn’t it be the same of the church today? We have the privilege of offering ourselves to God to labor in prayer for the blessings He has in store for the church. Shouldn’t we beseech God to make this truth live in us? And implore Him that we will not rest until we count the practice of intercession our highest privilege? It is the only certain means of obtaining a blessing for the church, the world, and our own lives.
Adapted from Power in Prayer by Andrew Murray