The Holy Spirit is AVAILABLE TO ALL GOD’S CHILDREN.
The only thing you have to do is ASK.
In Luke 11:9-13 (KJV) Jesus says:
And I say unto you, ASK, AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN you; SEEK, AND YE SHALL FIND; KNOCK, AND IT SHALL BE OPENED UNTO YOU.
For EVERY ONE THAT ASKETH RECEIVETH; and HE THAT seeketh FINDETH; and TO HIM THAT KNOCKETH IT SHALL BE OPENED.
If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
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?
In the New Testament we often see that the Holy Spirit is received after prayer or laying on of hands by the apostles or elders of the church; but it does not have to go this way. The believers can ask for it themselves as well.
In some churches you will hear them say that speaking in tongues (literally speaking in other languages) is the ONLY proof that the Holy Spirit has been given to someone. This is not Biblical as you will read in the following verses. There are many functions and gifts in the Body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:3-30 (KJV) Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that JESUS IS THE LORD, but by the Holy Ghost.
Now there are DIVERSITIES OF GIFTS, but the SAME SPIRIT. And there are DIFFERENCES OF ADMINISTRATION’S, but the SAME LORD. And there are DIVERSITIES OF OPERATIONS, but it is the SAME GOD which WORKETH ALL IN ALL.
But the MANIFESTATION OF THE SPIRIT is given to EVERY MAN to profit withal.
For to one is given by the Spirit the WORD OF WISDOM;
to another the WORD OF KNOWLEDGE by the SAME SPIRIT;
To another FAITH by the SAME SPIRIT;
to another the GIFTS OF HEALING by the SAME SPIRIT;
To another the WORKING OF MIRACLES;
to another PROPHECY;
to another DISCERNING OF SPIRITS;
to another DIVERSE KINDS OF TONGUES;
to another the INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES:
But all these worketh that ONE AND THE SELFSAME SPIRIT, dividing to every man severally AS HE WILL.
For as THE BODY IS ONE, and hath MANY MEMBERS, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
For by ONE SPIRIT are we ALL BAPTIZED INTO ONE BODY, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
For the body is not one member, but many.
If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing?
If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, AS IT HATH PLEASED HIM.
And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body.
And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are NECESSARY:
And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
That THERE SHOULD BE NO SCHISM IN THE BODY; but that the members should have the SAME CARE ONE FOR ANOTHER.
And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
Now ye are the BODY OF CHRIST, and MEMBERS IN PARTICULAR.
And GOD HATH SET SOME in the church, first APOSTLES, secondarily PROPHETS, thirdly TEACHERS, after that MIRACLES, then GIFTS OF HEALINGS, HELPS, GOVERNMENTS, DIVERSITIES OF TONGUES.
Are all apostles?
Are all prophets?
Are all teachers?
Are all workers of miracles?
Have all the gifts of healing?
Do all speak with tongues?
Do all interpret?