Luke 11:13 (NLT)
13 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.
Here Jesus tells the disciples that if we as sinful people know how to give good gifts to our children then God who is holy and righteous will give the best of gifts to his children when we ask. Then Jesus says, �How much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him. It is in our asking that we receive from God the gifts He has prepared for us. The Holy Spirit is an important gift because the Holy Spirit dwells within us, convicting us of sin, leading us upon paths of righteousness, and speaking on our behalf when we don�t even know how to pray.
George M�ller (German � born as : Johann Georg Ferdinand M�ller) (27 September 1805 � 10 March 1898), a Christian evangelist and Director of the Ashley Down orphanage in Bristol, England, cared for 10,024 orphans in his life. M�ller prayed about everything and expected each prayer to be answered. One example was when one of the orphan house's boiler stopped working; M�ller needed to have it fixed. Now this was a problem, because the boiler was bricked up and the weather was worsening with each day. So he prayed for two things; firstly that the workers he had hired would have a mind to work throughout the night, and secondly that the weather would let up. On the Tuesday before the work was due to commence, a bitter north wind still blew but in the morning, before the workmen arrived, a southerly wind began to blow and it was so mild that no fires were needed to heat the buildings. That evening, the foreman of the contracted company attended the site to see how he might speed things along, and instructed the men to report back first thing in the morning to make an early resumption of work. The team leader stated that they would prefer to work through the night. The job was done in 30 hours.
Prayer is a mighty tool if we take the time to pray and earnestly believe God will answer. George M�ller knew this and never hesitated to ask God for things that were needed in the lives of the orphans. We too must take the time to pray and expect our prayers to be answered.