Luke 11:5-13 (NIV):
5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 7 And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.
9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
- Verse 13 says that the Father will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him. Question: is this verse talking about the baptism in the Holy Spirit or some other special outpouring or infilling of the Holy Spirit? I ask this first question because believers supposedly already have the Holy Spirit, so why ask for the HS unless verse 13 is referring to a special manifestation or something of that sort?
- Verses 5-8 present an allegoric situation in which someone had to be persistent in their asking in order to get the expected answer. Question: does this mean that God may intentionally delay his answer to a request and therefore the believer is expected to show "shameless audacity" or "perseverance" in their asking in order to receive the answer?
- Taking it all together: is the whole passage implying that believers should seek to be filled with / baptized in the Holy Spirit, and that they should do so with perseverance (meaning that, there might be some delay in the answer which the believer is expected to endure)?