“If ye then, being evil, know how to give
good gifts unto your children : how much
more shall your heavenly father give the
holy spirit to them that ask Him?”
—St. Luke 11:13.

O Heavenly father, Thou hast told
Of a gift more precious than pearls and gold;
A Gift that is free to every one,
Through Jesus Christ, Thy only Son:
For His sake, give it to me !

Oh, give it to me, for Jesus said
That a father giveth his children bread:
And how much more Thou wilt surely give
The Gift by which the dead shall live !
For Christ’s sake, give it to me !

I cannot see, and I want the sight:
I am in the dark, and want the light;
I want to pray, and don’t know how;
Oh, give me Thy Holy Spirit now !
For Christ’s sake, give it to me !

If Thou hast said it, I must believe,
It is only “ask” and shall receive;
If Thou hast said it, it must be true,
And there’s nothing else for me to do !
For Christ’s sake, give it to me !

So I come and ask, because my need
Is very great and real indeed.
On the strength of Thy Word I come and say,
Oh, let Thy Word come true to-day !
For Christ’s sake, give it to me !

(twelfth poem of Royal Gems and
Wayside Chimes by F.R.H.)

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