Asking for the Power of the Holy Spirit, Part 1 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #156)

MP3 Download Link: The Prayer Motivator Devotional Broadcast #156

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Zechariah 4:6 which reads: “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from R.A. Torrey. He said: “We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power. We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions; much machinery but few results.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 1 of our current series titled “ASKING FOR POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT” from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said…

Luke 11:13 reads, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”

Strangely, Jesus did not put in exact words until the very close of this lesson on advanced praying, that He was teaching the disciples to pray for the Holy Spirit!

How many preachers and teachers hate the idea of praying for the Holy Spirit! They are willing to pray for revivals, pray for the conviction of sinners, pray for power on their preaching, pray for divine wisdom in their messages, yet they fear to pray for the Holy Spirit Himself, who really brings revivals, who convicts sinners and converts them, who gives wisdom, power and leadership to the man of God! When we pray for bread for sinners, we really mean that we need the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit of God to come upon us and enable us to do what otherwise we could not do. We want the Holy Spirit of God to make us fruitful soul winners.

The Scofield Reference Bible is a good reference Bible, but some of the footnotes are not correct. And in the footnotes on this particular Scripture, the editors make a bad mistake. Dr. Scofield says: “To go back to the promise of Luke 11:13 is to forget Pentecost, and to ignore the truth that now every believer has the indwelling Spirit.”

To be sure, every believer now has the indwelling Spirit, but Jesus is not here teaching the disciples to pray for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Rather, He is teaching them to pray for the soul-winning power of the Spirit. Surely neither Dr. Scofield nor any informed man would say that every Christian has the soul-winning power of the Spirit.

And that is what Jesus here urges us to pray for. We are to pray with holy begging, with urgent pleading, that the Holy Spirit of God will help us carry the bread of life to sinners. There can be no other meaning to the teaching of Jesus here. The disciples were never taught to pray for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and if they had prayed for His indwelling, their prayer would NOT have been answered. For Jesus had plainly stated in John 7:37-39 that the Holy Ghost would not be given in the sense of making His headquarters in the Christian’s body until Christ should be glorified, that is, raised from the dead. Any praying for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit could never be answered before Jesus rose from the dead and breathed on His disciples and said, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” And after that time it would not do any good to pray for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, for every saved soul has the Holy Spirit dwelling within him.

No, Jesus meant that Christians should pray for the Holy Spirit to anoint us or fill us or empower us, to make us soul winners; that the Holy Spirit of God would enable us to carry the bread of life to sinners. And that is the only way soul winners are made. Do not let anybody steal this precious verse away from you. God still gives the Holy Spirit in soul-winning power to those who ask Him importunately and will not take “No” for an answer.

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