“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).

The Father can bestow no higher or more wonderful gift than this: His own Holy Spirit, the Spirit of sonship. This truth naturally suggests that this first and best gift of God must be the primary object of all prayer, for every need of the spiritual life, the One we must have is the Holy Spirit. All fullness is in Jesus, the fullness of grace and truth out of which we receive grace. The Holy Spirit is the appointed instrument, whose special work is to make Jesus—and all that is in Him for us—ours in personal appropriation and experience. He is the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. If we yield ourselves to the disposal of the Spirit and let Him have His way with us, He will manifest the life of Christ within us. He will do this with divine power, maintaining the life of Christ in us in an uninterrupted flow. Surely if there is one prayer that should draw us to the Father’s throne and keep us there, it is for the Holy Spirit, whom we as children have received, to flow in us and from us in greater fullness. In the variety of gifts the Spirit dispenses, He meets the believer’s every need. He is the Spirit of truth who leads into all truth and makes each word of God ours. He is the Spirit of prayer, through whom we speak to the Father in prayer and are heard.

Adapted from Power in Prayer by A. Murray