“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit …” Ephesians 4:30. The truth is we seek after the Holy Spirit just as we seek after God, just as we seek after Christ, with strong cryings and tears, and we are to seek always for more and more of His gifts, and power, and grace. And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you." Prayer. He only can unfold to us the mysteries of the prayer-life, its duty and its service. He is not saying, he who holds the truth, but he who acts upon it, is the one who will do these works. At this time, these words will become the words of the Spirit. It is because we are not ready, simply, to take God at his word, and expect him to do these things. The Holy Spirit confirms our relationship with God. We understand, receive, and discern spiritual truth through our human spirit by the anointing of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:14; John 14:26). It comes from the wordfortis, that is, "to make strong," andcom means "with." As Jesus did not begin His work on earth till He was anointed by the Holy Spirit, so the same Holy Spirit is necessary to carry forward and make effective the atoning work of the Son of God. "Whatever you need, ask, and it shall be given you," that's all. Hence, the crucial importance of the Spirit in Christian life: indeed, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the gravest of all sins (Luke 12:10). St. Augustine’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit. But when the Spirit of Truth is come, he takes away the veils, he dissolves the mists. This incident destroys every theory which denies prayer as the condition of the coming and recoming of the Holy Spirit after Pentecost, and confirms the view that Pentecost as the result of a long struggle of prayer is illustrative and confirmatory that God's great and most precious gifts and conditioned on asking, seeking, knocking, prayer, ardent, importunate prayer. He only has the regal authority to do this royal work. 5. Scripture about Praying in the Spirit “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. He is laying Himself out in command and promise in the strongest way, showing us that if we will lay ourselves out in prayer and will persevere, rising to higher and stronger attitudes and sinking to deeper depths of intensity and effort, that the answer must inevitibly come. If you ask anything in my name, I will do it. So the policeman breaks down the door, and when he does, he is arrested and taken to jail himself. Here are eight ways: 1. I have learned, by long experience and by the Word of God, to recognize that that feeling of inadequacy is an excellent thing. D. We can expect to receive a more intimate relationship to the Holy Spirit because it is a “good” desire in most instances. It’s trusting in faith and relying on God to hear, understand, and act. There are so many different ways the Holy Spirit helps us to pray. Website © 2021 by Ray Stedman Ministries. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. I asked for three things: I asked that what I said might be relevant, that it might come to grips with the situation in which these people found themselves. Second, that it might be challenging, that I might say something that would awaken these men; and third, that it might be powerful, that its effect would not diminish, that it would not be lightly swept aside but come home with power to the heart. The feeble operation of God in us brings feeble praying. This is the condition. The gospel cannot be executed but by the Holy Ghost. And it is also true that there is nothing predicated of Him being in us and in the world that is not predicated of God and Christ being in us, and in the world. They look amazed that you intend to take these words seriously, and act on them. It is the simplicity of the child's asking of the Father, who gives with a largeness, liberality, and cheerfulness, infinitely above everything ever known to earthly parents. Only the Christian can be led by the Spirit of God into the nature of reality, into truth. Check out how and why here , and see what I'll be doing with my time, and how you can help, here . The power of God to do for us was measured by the power of God in us. Because Jesus says "... he dwells with you, and he will be in you," and there is a vital distinction there. Jesus said, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. The Holy Spirit Will Help You With Your Prayer Life. A Christian's true work is borrowed activity, it is never his own, and when he begins to think it is, he defeats every possibility of success. This is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the glorified Jesus in His exaltation and power, coming to us as the Spirit of the indwelling Jesus, revealing the Son and the Father within us (John 14:16-23). In John 15:16 he says to them, "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain." In Luke we have "good things" substituted by "the Holy Spirit." In particular, Lloyd-Jones, as a man of prayer, taught me how to pray in the Holy Spirit. In Ephes.3, after the marvelous prayer of Paul for the Church, he seemed to be apprehensive that they would think he had gone beyond the ability of God in his large asking. It did not remain; it had no enduring effects. Anything! Peter and John had been chastised by the chief priests and elders. Through the conviction and power of the Holy Spirit, believers will not indulge the sinful acts of the flesh ( Galatians 5:16-21 ) but will bear the good fruit of the Spirit ( Galatians 5:22-25 ). In the time of his need they left him. Why not? Since the Holy Spirit has the same Spirit of the Father, and since He resides in us, He will convey to us that Spirit, which will help us in prayer. In these three words, "ask," "seek" and "knock," given us by Christ, we have the repetition of the advancing steps of insistency and effort. The Holy Ghost executes the whole gospel through the man by His presence and control of the spirit of the man. His work in us to make us the children of God and His Person abiding with us and in us, as children of God, are entirely different stages of the same Spirit in His relation to us. (John 14:13-14 RSV). '” (Pope Benedict XVI, June 4, 2006) Message transcript and recording © 1964 by Ray Stedman Ministries, owner of sole copyright by assignment from the author. Why, I'm a Christian. He welcomed our team to come down the next week and hold Breakfast Meetings throughout that entire area. Someone who stands with you and makes you strong; that is a Comforter, one who gives strength. We do this because: it is traditionally acceptable, and we do not understand what "in his name" means. Long before, they had already begun to diminish. He stays to help us practise the lesson He has taught. In the direction in the Sermon on the Mount, we have the very plain and definite promise, "If ye, being evil,know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father in Heaven give good things to them that ask him?" 1. Invest your life into the salvation of souls. "Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily." He is not saying that dedicated Christian men and women are really going to transcend what he accomplished as the Son of God Incarnate among men. Because of His love for the whole world and His desire that none will perish, God draws us into a personal relationship with Himself through The Holy Spirit. And so he closes his appeal for them with the words, that God was able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. Let me ask you: "What kind of life are you living? Now let us come quickly to this last passage, the fact that the secret of the Christian's life is borrowed deity. That is the condition. One of the most well-known Roman Catholic prayers to the Holy Spirit, "Come Holy Spirit," is a good daily prayer to recite privately or with your family.If you are praying with others, the leader should recite the verse ("Send forth . The believer receives the gift of the Holy Spirit, also called the promise of the Father. Paul's praying was God's proof to Ananias that Paul was in a state which conditioned him to receive the Holy Spirit. Scripture talks about the Holy Spirit being poured out and the believer being filled up. Prayer can be audible or silent, private or public, formal or informal. No, this promise cannot be limitless. The gift of the Holy Spirit was vital to the work of Jesus Christ in the atonement. And when he is out there, nothing works; but when I yield to his sovereign direction in my life, and I begin to act on what he says, then he is in me and things begin to happen." I felt inadequate, I felt the tremendous challenge and my own inability. I strengthen my relationship with the Holy Spirit by consciously choosing to include Him in every conversation, every interaction, as often as possible. Prayer is the primary way for the believer in Jesus Christ to communicate his emotions and desires with God and to fellowship with God. Our ability to work for God, and to pray to God, and live for God, and affect others for God, will be dependent on the measure of the Holy Spirit received by us, dwelling in us, and working through us. No one opens the door, so after he knocks again and requests that it be opened in the name of the law and there still is no answer, he breaks it down and goes in and makes his arrest. "Filled unto the goodness of God" Ephesians 3:19), is Paul's prayer for us, that in the possession of the Holy Spirit we may understand and realize that the One who comes is God himself indwelling us. Those who came, attracted by the things they saw, faded back into the shadows when persecution began to grow. Don't you hunger after truth sometimes? The Enliven School of Intimacy and Prayer is an online video course that can be completed at your own pace, and you can find out more here . That is what he is saying. He is the enabling agent in God's new dispensation of doing. Not any, nor all of these, though spoken with angelic wisdom, angelic eloquence, can execute the gospel with saving power. Our human spirit is the element through which the Spirit of God dwells in us after being regenerated by Him (Romans 8:15-16; 1 John 2:20). It came to his ears that this woman had told some of her friends that she was praying that he might be her son-in-law. Lord God, what hypocrites! Whatever, anything, I will do it. Intimacy with the Holy Spirit Relationship with the Holy Spirit How to know the Holy Spirit. In the Christian life, faith is always the operative word. He sabotages the work of the Holy Spirit. Your Heavenly Father will surely send Him if you ask for Him. Though filled with joy by believing in Christ, and though received into the Church by water baptism, they did not receive the Holy Spirit till Peter and John went down there and prayed with and for them. He keeps us in that body by His Presence and Person. God's children need Him more and more, need His life, His more abundant life, His super-abundant life. We do not need later to pray for his coming. Paul makes the principle of universal application. "According to," says the Apostle, that is, after the measure of, "the power that worketh in us." Until you have grasped that as the mystery and key of Christian living you have not graduated from the kindergarten level of the Christian life. 1. He is not saying everyone who is a Christian, and, in that sense, a believer, will automatically be able to do these things. The Bible by express statement, as well as by its general principles and clear and constant intimations, teaches us that the gift of the Holy Spirit is connected with and conditioned in prayer. Again, we must never forget our dependence on the guidance of the Holy Spirit (Gal. But what he is saying now is, that as the Risen Christ, ascended to the throne or the Father, he himself will do through us, in terms of our personalities, and by the activity of our lives, greater works today than he did in the days of his flesh. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought …” (Romans 8:26) There is a condition to this, however. For permission to use this content, please review One man, evidently a Christian, said to the other, "Well, you know, I think God was pleased with what happened this morning." He does not, like earthly teachers, teach us the lesson and then withdraw. As he read, he discovered that this was the book because it revealed the One who understood him. What a staggering promise this is! Here is where we need to listen very carefully to exactly what it is he is saying. "In you" means that you are under the control of the Holy Spirit, and yielding obedience to his totalitarian sovereignty. Here we have the initial lesson in prayer for the Holy Spirit which was to enlarge to its full fruitage in Pentecost. Would you pray with mighty results? He brings to us the Spirit of the Father. It is not our relationship with Jesus Christ which counts before the world, it is our resemblance to him. To know the ministry of the Holy Spirit and how to have a relationship with Him, we must know His functions. They will never understand them because man is both the specimen to be examined and the examiner, and the problem is that the error that is in the examiner affects the examination! Before He returned to heaven, Jesus said, “… you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit … But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” Acts 1:5-8. This is the secret of a Christian: He is not living his own life, he is living another's life. Wait, press, and persevere with all the calmness and with all the ardour of a faith which knows no fear, which allows no doubt, a faith which staggers not at the promise through unbelief, a faith which in its darkest and most depressed hours against hope believes in hope, which is brightened by hope and strengthened by hope, and which is saved by hope. Keep us from this, that we may know the fulness of the glory of these promises fulfilled in our lives in this day and age. The Gospel without the Holy Spirit would be vain and nugatory. 7 Things Scripture Tells Us the Holy Spirit Does. The ability of God to answer and work through our prayers is measured by the Divine energy that God has been enabled to put in us by the Holy Spirit. Perhaps our greatest problem is to be so awestricken by these promises that we fail to heed the condition. The same truth comes to the front very prominently in Philip's revival at Samaria. Frequently as we read these great passages of the Scripture, we are either so dazzled by the promise that we fail to heed the condition, or we are so frightened by the condition that we pay little heed to the promise. They had been told not to “speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus” (Acts 4:18). We ask this in Jesus' name, Amen. Ask with urgency, ask without fainting. And note, this privilege is exclusively Christian. We refuse to accept it at face value. Would we be perfect in all graces? Why? God’s Promise to You. 1. And they were all filled with the Holy … Whatever he is interested in having done on earth, then we, as the instruments of his activity, are involved in accomplishing it. While he was here on earth the fullness of God was available to man only in one human body, the body of Jesus. You are not laying hold of his indwelling life, and for all practical purposes he is not there, he is only with you. Those that you win to Christ, those that are brought by the ministry that you will be ministering will abide, and this cause will nourish in the earth and spread unto the uttermost parts till every nation shall hear the word, and out of every tribe and nation of earth shall come, at last, fruit that shall remain. Intellect cannot execute it, neither can learning, nor eloquence, nor truth, not even the revealed truth can execute the gospel. Do you see the difference? The coming of the Holy Spirit is dependent upon prayer, for prayer only can compass with its authority and demands, the realm where this Person of the Godhead has His abode. He enables us to discharge the functions as members of that body by His gifts. I tried to point out something of the moral emptiness of a life like that, and how futile and meaningless and purposeless life seems to be, and what the Christian answer is. It was a challenging meeting, an opportunity to speak in the name of God to men who would otherwise never give an ear, and I felt it. Now do you see what he means when he says "greater works than these will you do, because I go to the Father?" But when you come to the end, where are the crowds? Here was a wealthy, affluent area. The other night at our Board of Elders meeting we were wrestling with this problem. We were wrestling with this problem. He is called there because of some murderous activity that is going on, and he comes up to the address that has been given him, and knocks at the door, and says, "Open in the name of the law." Historically, it was true that these disciples were not to receive the indwelling of the Spirit until the Day of Pentecost. This law of prayer for the Holy Spirit presses on the Master and on the disciples as well. That is the value of the works that he did. The truth is, that the presence and power of the Holy Spirit at any given meeting is conditioned on praying faith. The key words are: “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. (A traditional Catholic prayer) Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. The other man said, "He ought to be, he did it!" Perhaps in this place, more fully than anywhere else, our Lord unfolds to us the unique secret of Christianity, that aspect of life that has been called "the exchanged life." And even these, in the hour of his capture and appearance before Pilate, forsook him and fled. When we ask in Jesus' name we are to ask within the realm and scope of his work and his character. Which one wins? And this spirit of conviction on sinners comes in answer to the prayers of God's people. This is the actuality of an exchanged life. Present at the meeting, I knew, would be scores of men who were not in any way outwardly identified with Christian faith and many of them would be typically shallow, rootless, unconcerned modern pagans. The Holy Spirit was in the world in measure before Pentecost, and in the measure of His operation then He was prayed for and sought for, and the principles are unchanged. Without the pull of God through The Holy Spirit when we hear the message of salvation, none of us will be saved. Immediately after the meeting two Chiefs of Police who were present from the cities of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa came right up to me, visibly moved, and shook my hand and said, "We know what you are talking about. He said, "You know, I think I know what it is. 2. Purity, power, holiness, faith, love, joy and all grace are brought into being and perfected by Him. The Spirit plays a significant role in the book of Revelation. Let me illustrate again by referring to the breakfast in Newport Beach: It was my responsibility to bring a message there, and, as I frequently do in a time like that, I felt very inadequate, helpless. Now, please don't nail me to the mast for heresy. 1:4; 22:17). When you pray, it’s His role to intercede on your behalf in accordance with God’s will. When our friend, Mr. Hendricks, was a single young man in college he met a young lady whose mother immediately had designs on him. These 9 prayers for the Holy Spirit’s power will help you to reach out for the Lord’s guidance and strength. That is our program for this study, So let us take it in detail. At the age of twenty-one he had never seen a Bible and it was years later, as a married man, that he finally was given a Bible. The projecting power of praying is the measure of the Holy Spirit in us. By the last week the actual number of disciples had been reduced to a comparative handful. 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