Monday, July 2, 2018
Today, my husband preached at a local prison facility. He talked about “Our Greatest Need for Today”. Some of his thoughts were quoted from Helmut Haubeil’s book, Steps to Personal Revival and the Desire of Ages, by Ellen G. White. I shall share some of his message with you, over the next three weeks.
“Ask yourself, what is your greatest need?” When Jesus’ disciples asked him to teach them how to pray, Jesus gave them an example of how to pray, and followed with a parable. Luke 11:5-8
In this parable visitors come to the home of a man who has nothing, so he goes to his neighbor who he knows has something, and knocks on the door, to make his request. He explains that he has nothing and asks for bread, to set before his visitors. The neighbor doesn’t want to get out of bed, but the man insists and will not leave until he gets what he needs, because he knows the neighbor has it.
Finally the neighbor gets up and gives him what he is asking for. Why? Did he do it because they were friends? No, but because the man in the parable refused to leave without getting what he came to receive. Now, the man who had nothing receives what he needed and can now share it with others. Amen? Amen!
But Jesus doesn’t stop there. He goes on to show his disciples what they need and how to get it. Luke 11:9-11. Yes, the Holy Spirit is our greatest need! In this passage of scripture, Jesus uses the verb “ask” six times; then he uses “seek” twice and “knock” twice. Ten times Jesus uses an action verb, to let us know that we cannot just ask once and that be enough. We’ve got to ask and keep on asking. Jesus told his disciples before he left that the Holy Spirit was their greatest need, more than anything else in the world. The Spirit was their link, to Jesus and the Father.
Next week, we’ll cover the three natures of mankind.