If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. John 14:15-17
I don’t know about you, but one of my most often used prayers is Lord Help me. Help me to . . . (fill in the blank); be a better mom or wife, help me have more energy, help me understand your will, help me to do what is right, help me to be more loving, etc.
And I’d love to get a quick text message from Jesus himself in these situations to tell me exactly what I need to do but He doesn’t do that.
What He did do is leave the promise of help in the form of the Holy Spirit before He left the earth.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. John 14:26
And then after Jesus left the Holy Spirit came upon the believers who were gathered together.
“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:4
We are not alone. We might feel it at times but Jesus promised help and He delivered. For all who believe in Him have access to receive the Holy Spirit and through him we are able to receive wisdom and strength.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
Love, joy, peace. These are the things I pray about, I pray for more of, I am unable to attain them on my own as they require supernatural power but the Helper; well he helps me. . . Though I am just a human being trying to honor God as best I can and fail often, he is gracious and wants us to ask for help.
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13
Peter and John were “common men” who were able to do great things because they had received the spirit.
What could we do if just asked Him for help and were open to receiving it?
Today, what would it look like if we asked confidently for help, knowing that we will receive it and were willing to live bold, spirit-filled lives?