This question is designed to make us consider the level to which we seek Father's hand and face in our lives. As we grow in the Spirit, we should be sensing His presence more frequently and with greater power. For true followers of Jesus, the power and presence of Father should be evident in our lives. I must admit that there are times in my own life where I do not sense Father's presence. I am reminded, though, that even during those times I can rely on the promises of God that assure me that he will never leave me. We cannot base our understanding of God and who he is on our feelings about him. Are we genuinely praying for him to reveal himself? Are we asking to see him and experience him? This is not just about super-miraculous revelations only, but mostly about the "touches" of God that we get in our encounters with his creation. If we are not seeking to experience him in this world we are missing out on the best part of being a follower of Jesus--that is the part that allows us to walk with him in a real and authentic way, not just as a religious concept.
Ok. I admit it. I don't think I ever really prayed this for my family until this week. I guess I never really thought about it as a specific prayer. As you read throughout the New Testament you see the Spirit being poured out on people at various times and for various reasons. On one hand, all those who are redeemed are given the Spirit as a deposit guaranteeing their place in eternity with God. On the other hand there are times at which the Spirit is poured out where the recipients are able to accomplish a miraculous or supernatural project. Some folks refer to this as the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Whatever you call it, we are exhorted by Paul to continually be filled (i.e. overwhelmed) with the Holy Spirit.
As we grow in our walk as children of God, we need to pray frequently for the Spirit to be poured out on us and our family. The Spirit is the power of God given to us to enable us to accomplish all that Father intends. This power was at work in the creation and was at work in the patriarchs and prophets. This power was at work in Jesus and is at work in His church. Do not try to walk alone without asking for the power to accomplish Father's purposes. It is a sure sign of growth for those who pray for the Spirit to be poured out on themselves and their families.
Your brother in Jesus,