Jesus said: “Ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you. For whoever asks, receives; whoever seeks, finds; whoever knocks is admitted. What father among you will give his son a snake if he asks for a fish, or hand him a scorpion if he asks for an egg? If you, with all your sins, know how to give your children good things, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him” (Lk 11).
The gift of God which endures is the gift of the Holy Spirit. We will need to let go of much else when we pass from this life. The Holy Spirit bonds us to God in perfect happiness, forever. God is not indifferent to our other needs. However God gives priority to our greatest need. We may think we want the Holy Spirit and yet be afraid of receiving what will change us deeply. Jesus tells us to show that we are ready by persistently asking for the Holy Spirit.
Do I really want to be made over by you, Lord? I want to want your Holy Spirit because he is my only hope for happiness. Therefore, I ask, I knock, I seek the Holy Spirit.