How can I get the Holy Spirit?
Do I even need to pray for it?
After the ascension of the Lord, the disciples “continued with one accord in prayer and supplication” in the upperroom (Acts 1:12-14). Some Christians think that since Verse 14 only says that they prayed together and does not say that they were praying for the Holy Spirit, the disciples would have received the Holy Spirit anyway even if they had not prayed, since the Lord’s promise never fails.
Let see what Jesus says about one getting the Holy Spirit?
The Lord Jesus had told the disciples the importance of receiving the Holy Spirit and specifically instructed them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit (Lk 24:49;Acts 1:4-5,8). The disciples themselves must have been eager to receive the Holy Spirit; that is why they prayed constantly. The only logical conclusion was that they were praying for the Holy Spirit. If they weren’t praying for the Holy Spirit, what were they praying for?
How can I get the Holy Spirit? We have to wait patiently and to ask in prayers (see Ps 40:1).
Waiting involves prayer and asking. To say that the disciples would have received the Holy Spirit without prayer because it was the Lord’s promise would also imply that we do not need to pray for anything that the Lord has promised. For example, in Lk 18:1-8, Jesus promised that God would see that His chosen gets justice, and quickly (v. 8). If this promise were to fulfill anyhow without prayer, why did Jesus give the parable to show that the disciple should always pray and not give up (v. 1)?
So how can I get the Holy Spirit? Since the parable Jesus gave showed us that we are to be persistent in prayers for even the things of the world (like being vindicated), for something as important as the Holy Spirit, should we not always pray earnestly and not give up.
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