Unleashing The Power Of The Holy Spirit – Only when the Father gives us the holy power and the way to punish each other through prayer will we benefit!
These words come from one of those “Old Time Finger Tappers and Listen to the Heart” songs that everyone loved to sing when they were young. In most of those churches, people didn’t talk much about the Holy Spirit. However, the song “Lift Up” is a heartfelt prayer. When we sang, we asked God to pour out the Holy Spirit on us. We prayed that God would remove and remove the darkness. We prayed that God would burn a holy light in each of our hearts. We prayed that the Spirit of God would awaken us from our spiritual lethargy and sleep. Whether we know it or not, singing this song is our way of the grace of the Holy Spirit, our desire to be true in our lives with the power of the Spirit.
- 1 Unleashing The Power Of The Holy Spirit
- 2 Explosive Faith: Unleashing God’s Power In Your Life
- 3 The Holy Spirit: Presence, Power, Person
Unleashing The Power Of The Holy Spirit
Jesus promised that if we ask, the Father will give us this great gift of the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13). The prayer of the Holy Spirit moving among the followers of Jesus almost always precedes revival or evangelism. The poison of the Holy Spirit is much needed today. For more than a hundred years, the power of the European Church has declined. The American church is struggling with shrinking and buying products as churches offer better worship experiences and tools to attract congregants. The call to discipleship and self-sacrifice for the kingdom of God is diminishing. At the same time, many of our brothers and sisters in difficult places face persecution and death for their faith.
Explosive Faith: Unleashing God’s Power In Your Life
We need to pray that the Spirit will guide our hearts and let Jesus rule our lives. Part of this prayer is taken from an old psalm. We must pray together these words: “Let every man be awakened by the fire from above.”
The release of the power of the Holy Spirit is a shared experience, the result of communion with the Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:12-14). It is not a special prayer for us to wash with the holy fire of God. Gathering together and asking God to send the Holy Spirit is powerful and important. This is what happened when the church was born at Pentecost (Acts 1:12-14; Acts 2:1-4) at the command of Jesus (Luke 24:45-53; Acts 1:4-8). We see Jesus’ disciples praying and fasting in the Antioch church (Acts 13:1-3). See how Paul spoke of the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:12-14) – see “Summary of the Beatitudes” at the end of this message.
The power of the Holy Spirit is often associated with prayer, fellowship, and prayer. Read the New Testament and see where the Holy Spirit speaks. Especially when it comes to shared communications!
For several weeks we have been talking about the transformation of Jesus by the Holy Spirit (Mark 1:17; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 5:15-21). Jesus laid out the way in three steps:
The Holy Spirit: Presence, Power, Person
As we focus on Jesus as our first priority and daily place in the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit works to transform us. As we follow the Spirit’s guidance in the dance of our lives, we can invite the Spirit into a greater role, growing in character and compassion as the Father and doing what the Spirit sends us. But there is no great power in this program of spiritual development: a general prayer asking God to bring holy fire into our lives.
The apostle Paul was the architect of a good church. We can point out many ways, strategies, and principles to achieve this. However, what we want to take up today is to focus on his prayer life. If we look closely at Paul’s letters and the end, we will see that he prayed for many people and for the church in which he participates (Romans 16:1-20).
Many letters begin with heartfelt prayers of thanksgiving (Ephesians 1:3-14). Others are attached to the opening and closing prayers (1 Thessalonians 2:13-16; 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13) (1 Thessalonians 1:2-10; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24). Paul prayed to the Father asking for the good of these people and their churches. These prayers are also gathered together with the people and the congregation gathering in the name of Jesus when Paul’s letter is read aloud (1 Corinthians 1:1-2; 1 Corinthians 5:4). When Paul heard those praying, he invited them to pray together!
Paul of Ephesus, who was sent to the church in Asia Minor, is seen praying in this church. The prayers of those who are often followers of Jesus is that God would fill them with the Holy Spirit and power. At the beginning of the letter, Paul prayed that they would understand the mighty power of God in them (Ephesians 1:17-23). In the middle of the letter, Paul asks God to send the Spirit directly (Ephesians 3:14-21, especially Ephesians 3:16). They end the letter encouraging them to pray in the power of the Spirit, especially when they pray to Him and His ministry (Ephesians 6:18-20).
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We should not limit our trust to God releasing the power and strength of His holy fire in song. Today we have many songs that help us talk about the Holy Spirit, but God wants more in our songs. Singing filled with the Spirit is important (Ephesians 5:15-21), and he wants us to pray for the coming of the Spirit (Luke 11:1-13). He wants us to work with other believers, in large groups and in small groups, asking to be filled with the power of his Spirit. The book of Acts reminds us that God fulfills his promise to send the Spirit when we pray (Acts 4:23-31).
So let’s pray for some people. Let’s pray for special occasions. Let us pray to know this power and to be filled, to receive the holy fire of God (Ephesians 1:17-20; Ephesians 3:14-21). Most importantly, we can pray for “everyone awakened by fire from above” and know that the Father wants to give us this great, precious and powerful blessing. I can’t think of anything more important to us as God’s people today!
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us (2 Corinthians 13:14).
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Unleashing The Power Of Effectual, Fervent Prayer
God, we praise you! For the Son of your love, Jesus rose from the dead. Take care Hallelujah! Hallelujah your glory! Amen. Hallelujah! Your glory restores us to life. God, we praise you! For the spirit of light that shows us our savior and takes away our night. Give all glory and praise to the Lamb who was slain, who took away all our sins and wiped away every stain. Keep all the glory and give thanks to the God of all grace who has brought us and shows us our way. Call; Fill your heart with your love; Let all people be awakened by the fire from above. be careful
We should not lose our hope to send God the power and song of the holy fire.
This article is the last part of a 4-part series showing Jesus’ way of making disciples through the Holy Spirit:
Phil Weir has a daily devotional with VerseoftheDay.com that is read by over 500,000 people every day. He works with churches in transition and interim ministry partners and for the past 21+ years has been the editor and president of VerseoftheDay.com, author of Holy Fire of God (for the Holy Spirit) and aYearwithJesus.com. Phil also wrote four books, dedicated to each of the four Gospels. (Visit author’s website)
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