I’m slowly working my way through a classic; Andrew Murray’s With Christ in the School of Prayer. For the last two chapters, he has been looking at the passage that begins, “If his son asks for bread will he give him a stone?” This is paralleled in Matthew and Luke; and says that if corrupted and sinful parents like ourselves still give good things to their children, how much more will God give…to those who ask.
The Matthew section ends, “How much more will your Father give good things…” But in Luke the ending is different; “How much more will you Father give the Holy Spirit.” Murray feels that the highest of the “good things” is “the Holy Spirit.”
He then has a paragraph where he lists the various gifts of the Holy Spirit. He was writing in an era before bullet points — lapsing into point form or numbered lists wasn’t done in prose back then — but I want to spell these out for us today. There aren’t cross-references, but you’ll recognize many of these:
- The Spirit of grace — to reveal and impart all of grace there is in Jesus
- The Spirit of faith — teaching us to begin and go on and increase in continiously believing
- The Spirit of adoption and assurance — who witnesses that we are God’s children and inspires us to confidently say, ‘Abba, Father.’
- The Spirit of truth — to lead into all truth, to make each word of God ours in both principle and action
- The Spirit of prayer — through whom we speak with the Father; prayer that must be heard
- The Spirit of judgment and refining — to search the heart and convict of sin
- The Spirit of holiness — manifesting and communicating the Father’s holy presence within us
- The Spirit of power — through whom we are strong enough to speak boldly and work effectively in the Father’s service
- The Spirit of glory — the promise of our inheritance, the preparation and foretaste of the glory to come.
Murray states, “In the variety of gifts which the Spirit has to give out, He meets every need of the believer. …The child of God needs only one thing to really live as a child: To be filled with this Spirit.”
With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray (various publishers); taken from lessons 6 and 7; some sentences mildly paraphrased to reflect modern grammar and vocabulary.