John 16:7-15 (ESV)
7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer;11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
Asking for help is hard! When we ask for help, it requires recognition that we can’t do it on our own and we don’t have the answer. As a child, we constantly needed help, we needed to be fed, clothed, changed, held, and taught. As we grew, we became more and more independent. As we grow as a follower of Jesus, the opposite is true. The goal is to be more aware of our need for help. Our help is the Holy Spirit.
If the Holy Spirit is to help you, you must ask for help. This really isn’t so tough. In your daily life, you ask others to help you, right? If there’s a jar you can’t open, you ask for help. If you’re climbing a ladder, you ask someone to steady it. If you run into computer problems, you call IT. If you’re driving and you discover that you’re lost, you ask for help (at least most women do!). To succeed in life, you need to ask for help. If you don’t, you will continually fail because no person has all the necessary skills to pull everything off in life. Similarly, in your walk of faith, you need help. You can’t do it by yourself. You ought to be continually calling on the Holy Spirit to help you to live this life. This is not the “Genie in the Bottle”, sort of way, but rather, God is looking to “help” you in the sense that He takes over. He wants to do His work in and through you.
Ask the Holy Spirit for help to give you the right words to say in that hard conversation later today. Ask the Holy Spirit for help to show you areas in your life that need to be addressed. Ask the Holy Spirit for help to point those you meet to Jesus.
Could it be that you have placed the Holy Spirit in a corner and rarely seek His guidance? If so, how can you begin to have a dynamic relationship?
Am I facing a big decision? How can the Holy Spirit help? How can I ask for God’s help today?
Ask the Holy Spirit today to protect you, provide for you, guide you, and care for you.
All you have to do is ask for help.