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Let me tell you how to pray for God's Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can be considered to be an open communication line to God. The Holy Spirit can be considered to by the spirit of the risen Christ within us.
The Holy Spirit is a distinctive of being a disciple of Jesus Christ that distinguishes the disciples of John the Baptist from those that follow Jesus of Nazareth. See John the Baptist's testimony to this in John 1:32-34.
How do you receive the risen Christ within? How do you receive and "hot line" to heaven? How do you pray to receive the Holy Spirit? Jesus said we are to come to him. "If any man is thirsty let him come to me and drink." Jesus promised that the Spirit would flow through his disciples like 'streams of living water.' by this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to recieve. See John 7:37-39.
First of all we need to know something about God so that we know what or who we are receiving. The main purpose of the Bible is to give us understanding of who God is. This understanding is given indirectly through the stories of many who encountered God and who wrote the story of that encounter. The many books of the Bible contain many stories of such envocounters with God.
In order to understand God, then, you want to read the Bible or talk to someone who has and who can give you understanding of who God is. The Bible shows that God is revealed in history, in story, in song and in people's lives. God is a romantic and reveals himself in acts of love and in relationship. The life and person of Jesus Christ was to be our revelation, our picture of who God is. See John 14:9-11 where Jesus says: "Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father."
I can summarize some of what the Bible says about God. God is revealed as love, as truth, as good, as source of order, as Creator, as lawgiver, as healer. This is repeated and reinforced in the life of Jesus who showed in his live, words and actions love, truth, good works, healing and deliverance from demons and religion. That is why Jesus said 'believe in me' or 'at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.' John 14:13
For the moment think of God as a light that brings truth, energy and happiness to people, something like a pleasant summer day where the birds are singing, the flowers blooming and people are uplifted. Think of receiving God as receiving this joyous life-giving sunlight.
Pretend that you are a house with a lot of dust and darkness around - a sad place to live. What this house needs is fresh air and sunshine. You clean and open the windows. You open the doors and let the summer breeze flow through.
Imagine bright summer light filling this house and the sad darkness leaving. Dark is the absent of light. When light comes in it overcomes the darkness and darkness is driven out at the speed of light.
You can picture Jesus coming to the front door of your house with a whole new lighting system to install in your house. It is as if your house had wiring but no one had ever installed and turned on the lights.
Jesus is knocking and you go and answer. You invite him in and invite him to install his lighting system in every room of your house. Imagine him installing and turning on the lights in every single room from basement to attic. Imagine the difference when he shows you how to turn on the lights!
By putting the above picture in to your own words you are inviting the Spirit of Christ to bring the joyous light, life and love of God into your life as represented by the house.
Do this with humility, expectancy and gratitude. Enjoy and thank God for each thing that you notice changes in your life when you do this.
You may continue to start each day picturing yourself opening the doors of your house to the fresh summer breeze of God's Spirit. You can picture turning on the lights in every roon that Jesus installed in your house and thanking him for that light.
And you can start praying that Jesus would turn on the light in your life and that your life would reveal God's light and life to others. Pray that you can bring God's light into every situation of your day. You now carry His light in your life. Let your light shine.
Shine Jesus shine!
1. When inviting the Holy Spirit to fill your life to overflowing do not pray in ways that are selfish, immature and demanding. Do not demand any particular "gift of the Spirit," after all scripture says they are distributed by God not by you. "To each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one ---. To another ---. Etc." 1 Corinthians 12:7.
2. Speaking in other languages - a prayer language - is one of the gifts distributed to those who ask for the gift of God - the Holy Spirit. Do not demand this gift. Accept with grace and faith the Holy Spirit.
3. Faith does not need 'evidence,' but the there often is evidence of a spiritual gift operating in the life on one who has asked for the gift the Father promised - Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
4. The most important benefit of the Holy Spirit may be that manifested at the baptism of Jesus - the gift of the Father's voice affirming our identity. Knowing that we are precious children of the Father and that we are beloved by the Father is deeply healing and encouraging. Luke 3: 21, 22.
5. Some prickly Christians have been zealousness in ascribing any and all imagery in prayer as something not good. They forget that God speaks through story, through lives, and therefore, through images and the imagination. That is the thing about stories - they awaken the imagination and thus speak to the heart. Vision and dream is important to the Holy Spirit as evidenced in the Joel prophecy quoted on Pentecost: "--- your young men will see visions and your old men will dream dreams." Acts 2:17, 18.
6. Be ready for dreams, visions, and evidence of the risen Christ so that you, too, can be witnesses to Jesus. "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses ---" Acts 1:8.
I have asked Jason Kruse to add his thoughts on baptism in the Holy Spirit:
By Jason Kruse © 2011 www.propheticoutreachintl.com,
Being baptized in the Holy Spirit is first of all most essential because it is when you are "endued with power," and when He comes "upon you," that you are then much more able to effectively deal with the various spiritual dynamics we face as Christians in this life.
Christians who are not baptized with the Holy Spirit, or who are not "overflowing with Him," often go oblivious to the realm of the spirit, because they do not have the heightened spiritual awareness that He brings. The enemy's immediate plan after he loses a soul to salvation is to indoctrinate the newborn Christian with teaching that he or she does not need the baptism of the Holy Spirit. In doing this, he tries to keep them from getting "plugged into the POWER SOURCE that will make them a MAJOR THREAT to his chaotic kingdom."
When the believer simply asks the Holy Spirit to baptize him or her by faith, it can and will happen. The baptism does not need to be done with the laying on of hands, although it can. We see in the book of Acts, when Peter was just speaking to the men and "suddenly the Holy Spirit fell upon them." The key factor there was "faith." For even as Peter was declaring the word of God to them, faith was arising in their hearts, and that is when the Holy Spirit was able to enter in and "fully immerse those believers with Himself."
Before salvation the Holy Spirit is "with a person," trying to convict that person and woo them to Christ. At the point of salvation, the Holy Spirit "indwells the believer" and causes their spirit to come alive or be "born from above." When the believer is baptized in the Holy Spirit, He then "comes upon the believer for acts of service" and gives greater: illumination, revelation, understanding, spiritual discernment, boldness to share the good news, and even causes the various operations of His gifts to flow.
So many are living below their privileges, as believers, by not allowing the Holy Spirit to baptize them. Some are even in fear about it because they think that being baptized in this manner is all about "tongue talking." Goodness gracious, this way off kilter view of tongues is so awful! The gift of tongues is given to the believer to build up his or her spirit man, so that one can be strong spiritually......."not to show off that they can talk in another language and scare people by doing so." It is given to build up the believer's most holy faith, by praying in the Spirit(as the book of Jude states), which can be in tongues, at times, as well as in the known language.
I tend to believe that not allowing the Holy Spirit to baptize oneself could be a very serious matter in the not so distant future. There is a parable of ten virgins. Five were wise, by having oil stored up(The Holy Spirit is often likened to oil in figurative bible language). Five were foolish and did not have any stored up. They tried to get the "extra," later but it was too late. Only the one's that took precautions and went to the length of storing up beforehand, in preparation, made it to the wedding supper of the Lamb.
This could have other spiritual applications, but we simply cannot overlook the obvious notion that if we are not fully prepared, even with spiritual reserves, when the end comes, only the prepared will make it. If you need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit, please ask the Him to baptize you now, by simply praying with all of your heart of faith, out loud, right now: "Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Who came in the flesh to this Earth, please baptize Me with Your very Self. I need You in my life as never before.'
"If I have ignored you in fear or pride, I repent and ask the Lord to forgive Me for my ignorance. Please fill me to overflowing by coming upon me now and empowering me to live this Christian life the way that the Lord Jesus and the Father would have me do so. I need You to come in and begin to lead, guide and direct me in all my ways. I do not want to be in control anymore. I believe that You hear me right now, and that You are coming upon Me for powerful acts of service for the glory of God in the days ahead. Please use me in whatever way you see fit. Thank You precious Holy Spirit."
Another thing about the baptism of the Holy Spirit is my personal testimony of it. My testimony shows that no one has to lay their hands on you to receive it.
In my case, I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit while driving in my car singing. I was endued with an almost overwhelming sense of love, joy and peace and was filled with power. From that point on, I was never the same. No one was with me in the car but God. Amen and Amen.
By Jason Kruse © 2011 www.propheticoutreachintl.com,
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