Pray With Greater Power

 

 

THE PROMISE 

After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all.

— Acts 4:31,33, NIV 

 

THE TESTIMONY 

So mightily can God work when men give themselves up to the control of His Spirit. 

Christ declared that the divine influence of His Spirit was to be with His followers unto the end. From the Day of Pentecost to the present time, the Comforter has been sent to all who have yielded themselves fully to the Lord and to His service. To all who have accepted Christ as a personal Saviour, the Holy Spirit has come as a counselor, sanctifier, guide, and witness. 

Those who at Pentecost were endued with power from on high, were not thereby freed from further temptation and trial. As they witnessed for truth and righteousness they were repeatedly assailed by the enemy of all truth, who sought to rob them of their Christian experience... Daily they prayed for fresh supplies of grace, that they might reach higher and still higher toward perfection. Under the Holy Spirit’s working even the weakest, by exercising faith in God, learned to improve their entrusted powers and to become sanctified, refined, and ennobled. 

The lapse of time has wrought no change in Christ’s parting promise to send the Holy Spirit as His representative... If the fulfillment of the promise is not seen as it might be, it is because the promise is not appreciated as it should be. If all were willing, all would be filled with the Spirit. 

Since this is the means by which we are to receive power, why do we not hunger and thirst for the gift of the Spirit?... For the daily baptism of the Spirit every worker should offer his petition to God. Companies of Christian workers should gather to ask for special help, for heavenly wisdom, that they may know how to plan and execute wisely. Especially should they pray that God will baptize His chosen ambassadors in mission fields with a rich measure of His Spirit. The presence of the Spirit with God’s workers will give the proclamation of truth a power that not all the honor or glory of the world could give. 

— The Acts of the Apostles, p.49,50 

 

THE RESPONSE 

Yield yourself fully to the Lord and to His service. Seek the Holy Spirit as your counselor, sanctifier, guide and witness. 

Daily pray for fresh supplies of grace that you may reach higher and learn to improve your entrusted powers. 

Gather companies of Christian workers together to ask for special help and heavenly wisdom to know how to plan and execute wisely.

Especially pray that God will baptize His chosen ambassadors in mission fields with a rich measure of His Spirit to give power to the proclamation of truth. 

 

 

 

 

 

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