Asking for the Power of the Holy Spirit, Part 2 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #157)

MP3 Download Link: The Prayer Motivator Devotional Broadcast #157

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 2 Chronicles 7:15 which reads: “Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Andrew Murray. He said: “Many Christians backslide…They are unable to stand against the temptations of the world, or of their old nature. They strive to do their best to fight against sin, and to serve God, but they have no strength. They have never really grasped the secret: The Lord Jesus will every day from heaven continue His work in me. But on one condition—the soul must give Him time each day to impart His love and his grace. Time alone with the Lord Jesus each day is the indispensable condition of growth and power.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 2 of our current series titled “ASKING FOR THE 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?”

Those who think this part of the Bible is out of date should remember that the book of Luke was not written until long after Pentecost. Why should the Holy Spirit ever have inspired it, and why should God have written down this sweet promise, that men who ask for the Holy Spirit could have Him to make them soul winners, if the promise were already out of date before it was written down?

Beware lest Satan steal away the riches of the Bible from you by having men tell you that part of the Bible is out of date and was not meant for you. God is still eager to have bread taken to sinners. Friends in their journey through life come to you and you have nothing to set before them. But God has bread enough for all and He will give it if you knock at His door with importunity.

There is a way to power, to fruit-bearing. You, too, may enter with Moses and Paul into the travail of soul that Christ had for sinners. You too may enter into the miracle-working power of the Holy Spirit in saving sinners. But it is not a light and frivolous matter. It is not gained by flippant or half-hearted praying.

Some ministers have a way of saying to people who seek for the power of the Holy Spirit that they should simply go home and believe that they have the power, that already they have the Holy Spirit and they have all thy need.

Well, suppose that the neighbor at midnight would say to the man who was outside pounding upon his door, “Go on home and believe that you have bread for your friend that has none, and it will be all right.” Well, that is not what the friend who had the bread said to the neighbor. And if the neighbor had acted on such advice, he would have gone home without the bread, however hard he tried to believe it was in his hands.

The power of the Holy Spirit is real and definite and we may know whether or not the breath of God is on us to win sinners. We may know whether or not we have bread for sinners. And we may have the bread if we mean business, but I want you to know there is a price to pay. You may have the bread if you are willing to knock at the door and wait before God until He gives you as many loaves as you need.

And while you pray and wait, God will search out your heart, will show what displeases Him, will bring you to confession and forsaking of sin, and will help you count the heavy cost. Whatever needs fixing, God can fix it in your life and heart as you wait and plead for bread for sinners — that is, for the power of the Holy Spirit to win sinners.

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