9 For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s[a] will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding
Because Jesus declares “ask and you shall receive”, asking for something in Christ’s name carries an inherent expectation. In prayer, asking is the same as receiving- in specific claiming what is already ours. At a library you know you can take any book you want, and it’s the librarian’s job to go and get that book for you. Mathematically, asking for a book at a library is the same as getting the book- it’s claiming what is already available to you.
This power originates from a spirit of submissiveness on the part of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. In Colossians 3:18-4:1 Paul instructs all Christians to be serviceable and submissive to one another. It blows my mind to think that that same Spirit of submissiveness which calls us to serve one another is alive- personified, even- in the Holy Spirit. We Christians work together to support and serve one another; Jesus and the Holy Spirit are absolutely not exempt from that expectation. This is why Peter calls Jesus the paragon of serviceable shepherding (1 Peter 5:4).
We can let the Spirit serve us. We can allow Jesus to wash our feet and give of himself for our edification. It is only fair, if we are committed to serving Him, that Jesus should serve us. He doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who would do one great deed of service and then be like “OK I did my part- now work for me for free for the rest of eternity.” Christianity is a partnership, a marriage, between us and God. I’m going to work on growing my expectations of the Holy Spirit. I encourage us all to stretch the limits of our understanding of give-and-take with the Holy Spirit, and watch how fulfilling the relationship can truly be.
This is part of the Word of Wisdom Series