Today: You get what you ask
Passage: Acts 2, 2 Kings 2
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1, NIV84)–emphasis added
9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied. 10 “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise not.” (2 Kings 2, NIV84)
Once Elijah met Elisha, Elisha was after Elijah. God knew what type of person Elisha was. Elisha would not leave Elijah without the power that was upon Elijah!
Elijah was putting Elisha through a test; Elisha passed the test
Elijah said: “you have asked a difficult thing”. That is true
If we are willing to pursue with perseverance, we will get it. Things of the world will come to us just like that. Things of God-we have to go for it
The disciples were willing to wait and pray until the spirit came upon them
They had witnessed Jesus being taken upto heaven. They felt lonely, when Jesus was gone. They waited, setting aside every thing else. It was worth the wait!
12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. (John 12, NIV84)
Was Jesus lying, when He said that? I don’t think so.
Elishah asked for a double portion. He did double of what Elijah did.
When we go to a place where we can bargain, we may say a certain price and the salesman may agree. Then we feel, “I should have asked a still lower price!”
Don’t make that mistake when you ask spiritual gifts to Jesus. Ask for the best!
11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 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, NIV)
When was the last time you asked God for something spiritual?
Why not give it a try? God likes it!
Have a blessed day. God has so much in store for you!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for sending Holy Spirit for us. Thank you for empowering us with the same power that manifested in you. We are blessed by the work of God: the father, son and the Holy Spirit. Thank you. Amen
God gives only genuine things; so we don’t need to check the “rating”