Today’s Key Scripture
“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.… 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!”
— Luke 11:9, 13
Charles Spurgeon was England’s best-known preacher for most of the second half of the nineteenth century. He wrote:
We will now remember that our Lord presents us with a promise. Note that the promise is given to several varieties of prayer.… The text clearly asserts that all forms of true prayer will be heard, provided they are presented through Jesus Christ and are for promised blessings.… To each of these stages of prayer, there is a distinct promise. He who asks will have; what more did he ask for? But he who seeks will go further; he will find, will enjoy, will grasp, and will know that he has obtained. He who knocks will go further still, for he will understand, and to him will the precious thing be opened.
The Lord today is asking us to come into the outer court to make our requests known and receive from His giving, loving hands. He is asking us to come into the Holy Place, seeking Him until we find Him.
Ultimately He wants us to enter the Most Holy Place, interceding for others, where we will find Him willing, able, and desirous to save to the uttermost.
A Prayer for Today
O Lord, I am so grateful that You had mercy upon me, a sinner saved by grace through faith in You. I pray that You would teach me to yield myself to Your Spirit as I intercede for others. Teach me to trust You as I pray, seeking Your guidance and wisdom. How I long to see Your power at work in the lives of the lost, hurting, and needy all around me. Make me sensitive to Your promptings and teach me to partner with You in praying Your Word over those who are searching for answers in You. Grant that I may increasingly live pleasing in your sight, seeking Your will, interceding for others, and giving all glory to You. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
*All Scripture references are NKJV unless otherwise noted.