Day 5: 21 Days to Your Eternal Husband
Dear His Beloved,
The past few months the Holy Spirit has guided me on a journey of really looking at motive behind what I am asking for in prayer. What am I asking? Why am I asking? Perhaps we aren't seeing fruit of our prayers because we aren't asking for what He desires to give and knows we need? Perhaps? And if we aren't seeing fruit of our prayers, we often end up doubting God, easy prey to weariness or perhaps even "sick" as mentioned in the Proverbs.
As I dove into the text that surrounded the promises of asking, seeking, and receiving. I didn't see a lot of promotions or spouses or possessions, but rather those things that have no monetary value. He encourages us to seek and find Him, to come to know His love, and to ask for wisdom. He answered prayers of healing and deliverance and feeding His sheep. He was meeting human physical and spiritual needs. Do we truly need the things we are asking or are we deceived to think that the answer to our life crisis would be more money? Or to be married? Or to be a mother? Or to be beautiful? I then was stirred by the verses in Luke 11....He says if you being evil give good gifts how much more would I give you the Holy Spirit? He doesn't just say I would give you gifts, but if you give good gifts being evil how much more would I give the Holy Spirit. This means the Holy Spirit is a good gift from the perfect Father. A gift we must RECEIVE and accept, and obviously we need to ask for!
I believe that a select few have made the idea of asking for the Holy Spirit so "woo woo" that most of us don't ask or perhaps even fear asking for more of the Holy Spirit. Our very power source lies dormant within a weary soul because we aren't asking for the right MORE! Luke 11 makes it clear that we should be asking for the Holy Spirit. This idea of asking for more is also found in Ephesians 5:18 when it says that we should not get drunk on wine but be filled with the Holy Spirit. The word and use of "be" implies a continual renewing.....Be being filled!
I believe the lack of asking for this one thing is the reason why "Christians" can live in a church for 50 years in bondage. They may have knowledge but they have no power to get victory in their lives. There are 50 scriptures at least that speak to the role of the Holy Spirit. These are just a few of them, but my hope is that is sheds light on the need to ask persistently for MORE!
The Spirit guides us into all truth (John 16:13).
The Spirit regenerates us (John 3:5-8; Titus 3:5).
The Spirit glorifies and testifies of Christ (John 15:26; 16:14).
The Spirit reveals Christ to us and in us (John 16:14-15).
The Spirit leads us (Rom. 8:14; Gal. 5:18; Matt. 4:1; Luke 4:1).
The Spirit sanctifies us (2 Thess. 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:2; Rom. 5:16).
The Spirit empowers us (Luke 4:14; 24:49; Rom. 15:19; Acts 1:8).
The Spirit teaches us to pray (Rom. 8:26-27; Jude 1:20).
The Spirit bears witness in us that we are children of God (Rom. 8:16).
The Spirit produces in us the fruit or evidence of His work and presence (Gal. 5:22)
The Spirit anoints us for ministry (Luke 4:18; Acts 10:38).
The Spirit washes and renews us (Titus 3:5).
The Spirit brings unity and oneness to the body (Eph. 4:3; 2:14-18)
The Spirit sets us free from the law of sin and death (Rom. 8:2).
The Spirit quickens our mortal bodies (Rom. 8:11).
The Spirit reveals the deep things of God to us (1 Cor. 2:10).
The Spirit brings liberty (2 Cor. 3:17).
The Spirit transforms us into the image of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18).
The Spirit cries in our hearts, “Abba, Father” (Gal. 4:6).
The Spirit enables us to wait (Gal. 5:5).
The Spirit supplies us with Christ (Phil. 1:19, KJV).
The Spirit grants everlasting life (Gal. 6:8).
The Spirit gives us access to God the Father (Eph. 2:18).
The Word says that the letter kills but the Spirit brings life. It is impossible to embark on this journey without the leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit. I like to say that it is like a faucet in us just waiting to be turned so that the living waters flow out!
So today we ask for this one thing to be activated in our lives.....
Father I want, need, and thirst for more of the Holy Spirit. I need victory in my life. I need to be washed and renewed. I need the power of your Spirit invading my soul! I need your lead. I need your access! In the name of Jesus, I receive your promised Holy Spirit! Come like a river and flow out of me living water to a hurting world.
This prayer is one to repeat every day. I think I almost ask every single day for more.
In His Grip,