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Prayer in the Spirit-Receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
First things first....
Before you can receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, you must be saved. The Baptism of or in the Holy Spirit is designated only for those who have received Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
If you have not received Jesus Christ and would like to do so than these are the steps;
- Recognize that you are a sinner, that you need salvation (you know this answer in your heart)
- Believe that Jesus died for you and that He was raised from the dead.
- Confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior
- Receive Jesus into your heart.
This is the prayer :
Dear God, I come to you recognizing that I am a sinner in need of salvation. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God; that He died for me and that He rose from the dead. Jesus, come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior, I receive you now, and I am now saved according to Romans 10:9-10. Thank you, Father for I am now saved, in Jesus' Name.
Now that you are saved, (Hooray!!!) You are able to receive the Baptism of or the Baptism in the Holy Spirit!
- Holy Spirit - The Gifts of the Spirit
The Holy Spirit,the third person of the Trinity is the promise Jesus spoke of at His Ascension. The Holy Spirit brought gifts with Him when He came. Find out what they are and how they work.
Next Step..Tarry No More-The Holy Ghost is Here!
In the book of Acts the first chapter, Jesus told those assembled to wait for the promise of the Father which was the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
And, being assembled together with [them], commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, [saith he], ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. Acts 1:4-5
Over the years, many denominations have felt that they should still wait until they receive the Holy Ghost. This has resulted in what is known as "tarrying services". The people would come together and cry out, pray,weep and plead with God to give them the Holy Ghost. Sometime people received Him and sometimes they did not.
Christians who thought tarrying services were a prerequisite to receiving the Holy Ghost were following what they believed to be true. But, the fact of the matter is that since the day of Pentecost believers no longer have to wait. The Holy Ghost is here now and we no longer have to wait for Him to come. All we have to do is simply receive Him.
It is so simple to receive Him that it is difficult for many to grasp. People ask, "Is this all I have to do to receive?" The answer is always a resounding, "Yes! Yes! Yes! "
Here We Go!
And, I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not neither knoweth him: But ye know him; for he dwelleth with you and shall be in you. John 14:16-17
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26
When Jesus made these statements, He was speaking to some of His disciples about the fact that He would be leaving them. Jesus was assuring them that although He would not physically be here with them they would not be left alone.
Jesus says that He will pray or ask the Father and the Father will send them "another Comforter". In verse 17, Jesus says that the Comforter is also the Spirit of Truth. He tells us that the world or those who do not have Jesus as their Lord, cannot receive the Comforter. They don't see or perceive Him; they do not know Him. We, believers, know Him because He dwells or has His habitation with us.
In verse 26, Jesus says the Comforter is the Holy Ghost. He goes on to tell us some of the things the Holy Ghost will do for us: teach us all things, and, bring all things to our memories, and whatever things Jesus has said to us. (The Word of God is Jesus speaking to us)
Fear Not - God is a Good Father
And I say unto you, Ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asks, receives; and, he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks the door shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he for give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him serpent? If you 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. Luke11:9-13
Rumor has in among Christians that you could get a "wrong spirit" when asking for the Holy Ghost. I don't know how this rumor started, but the scriptures prove that it is only rumor. There is no way possible to get the "wrong spirit" when you are asking your heavenly Father to fill you with the Holy Ghost.
Some of you may say this, "Oh, I don't know... I remember my mother's, first cousin's husband telling us about his best friend's sister who got a wrong spirit when seeking the Holy Ghost!" Well, if she did, she wasn't asking the Father for the Holy Ghost. She had to be asking somebody else. Jesus says that God will not give you a hurtful or "other spirit". I choose to believe God.
God loves us. He wants us to have the best of Him. He is not a sadist or a monster. He only gives good and perfect gifts. There is no need to be concerned about receiving a "wrong spirit".
They that Believe on Him Should Receive
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink."He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing* in Him should receive; for the Holy* Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7:37-39
Believing in Jesus as the scriptures says means ultimately receiving Him as your Lord and Savior. We know that when we receive Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, it is the Holy Spirit who recreates us. It is the Holy Spirit who witnesses to our spirits that we have been born-again. But, what Jesus is talking about above is a different work of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus is talking about the infilling of the Holy Ghost. Also known as the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This is the experience that results in the believer being able to speak in Tongues and operate in the Gifts of the Spirit as the Holy Spirit wills.
Jesus does not say that receiving the Holy Spirit is mandatory, (Personally, I think receiving Him is necessary.). Jesus says that we should receive. Well, if Jesus says that we should do something, I think doing it would be to our advantage... It must be a great blessing.
Tell Me Again Why I Need to Receive The Holy Ghost?
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you. And you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth. Acts 1:8
There is no question, there is no contradiction, there is no mistake. When you are filled with the Holy Ghost, you have power. What kind of power you ask?? I am glad you asked that.
The Greek word has been translated power in this scripture is the word "dü'-nä-mēs". When you transliterate that word to American English it comes to dynamis. Stay with me now...If you look at the word you can see the first syllable is dyn this prefix is used in many of our words, dynamic, dynamo, dynamite; and means explosive, forceful or destructive.
This type of power will destroy the works of the devil and anything else that hinders the move and work of God. It also is able to destroy your weaknesses and insecurities. In turn, it enpowers you to be strong in the Word of God and successful in this life.
How Will I Know that I am Filled?
But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 1:6
God is a God of faith. He wants us to believe that He will do what He says He will do. So, you should first know that you are filled simply because you asked to be filled. It is that simple... ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you.
There is a Physical Evidence
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:4
In each and every incident in the Bible, when a person received the baptism in the Holy Ghost they spoke in other tongues. We should expect the same thing when we receive. Speaking with Other Tongues is the initial physical sign that a person has after being filled with the Spirit.
- Does everyone speak in Tongues when they receive the Holy Ghost? - Everyone has the ability. Speaking is a matter of choice.
- If you don't speak does it mean you are not filled? - No, you are filled with the Holy Ghost by faith. Faith is the first evidence, speaking in Tongues is the physical evidence.
- Does the Holy Ghost make or force you to speak? - Absolutely not! The Holy Spirit gives you the ability to speak in Other Tongues, but you must do the speaking. Sometimes the force of His power makes you think He is making you, but He is not.....He is a gentleman and will not force us to do anything.
The Holy Ghost for All Mankind
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.... Acts 10:44-46
Peter was preaching about the life of Jesus and as he did, the Holy Ghost "fell" upon all those who were listening. The circumcision, (the Jews that came with Peter) only thought that the Holy Ghost was for Jews. They accepted that salvation was for everyone, but thought the Holy Ghost was just for them.
The scripture says they were astonished because the Holy Spirit was poured on the Gentiles. Well, how did they know He was poured out on the Gentiles? Could they see Him? Could they touch Him? The scriptures say that they heard something that made them know the Gentiles had received the Holy Spirit. What did they hear??? They heard them speak with Tongues and magnify God.
Saved but not Holy Ghost Filled
In the 19th chapter of the Book of Acts, Paul finds some disciples who were preaching Jesus. He recognized that they were believers, but he noticed something about them; what it was is not revealed. Whatever it was caused him to approach them and ask if they had received the Holy Ghost since they believed in Jesus.
These disciples had not heard of the Holy Ghost and had only been baptized according to the doctrine of John's baptism. At this point Paul began to preach the good news of Jesus Christ. At his conclusion, the disciples were baptized and when Paul had laid his hands on them the Holy Ghost came on them and they spoke with Tongues and prophesied.
And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. Acts 19:6
Personal Prayer Language
When you pray in Tongues you are not speaking to God not to men. The speaker does not understand what they are saying. But, since you are talking to God, it doesn't matter.
For he who speaks in an [un kn own] does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. 1 Corinthians 14:2
There are a number of scriptures that admonish us to be strong in the Lord, strong in faith, and strong in the Word. Spending time praying in Tongues builds you up, it makes you strong in all of these areas.
He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. 1 Corinthians 14:4
When you pray in Tongues, it is not your mind that is praying, it is not your emotions that are praying, it is your spirit that is praying. Your spirit is the part of you that is connected to God. It is your spirit that abides in eternal life.
For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. 1 Corinthians 14:14
Act on What You Believe
Father, I acknowledge Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. I believe that the gift of the Holy Spirit is meant for me according to the scriptures. Just as I trust You by faith for my eternal salvation, so I trust You by faith to fill me with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking with other tongues.
I renounce anything, any force that would hinder my faith and I now ask you now according to Luke 11:9-13 to fill me now with the Holy Spirit and power. I believe that I am now filled with the Holy Spirit. Thank you now Father for filling me. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Now, simply close your eyes, (this optional), open your mouth, begin to use your vocal chords, and your voice. In you heart,declare that you are being filled with the Holy Ghost right now by faith. As the anointing of God begins to move on you, lift your voice and begin to speak out whatever sounds or words that the Holy Ghost is giving you.
Keep on yielding keep on voicing the sounds the Holy Spirit is giving you. Don't be intimidated. Speak until you are confident in your ability to pray in the spirit. It doesn't matter how you sound because you are not talking to yourself, you are speaking to God.
Congratulations! If you have completed the instructions above and you are now speaking in Tongues you have reached your goal! You have acted on God's Word by faith and are now can pray in Tongues whenever you want and for as long as you want. You have just become a danger and a threat to the kingdom of darkness!!! Amen!
Study the Word further and get with believers who pray in the Spirit. God Bless You!
- Prayer in the Spirit(part 1) -Speaking in Tongues
Is it real or is it an emotional experience? Scientific research verifies speaking in Tongues is real.
- Prayer In the Spirit (part 2)- What Are Tongues?
We have heard about "Other Tongues" as described in the Bible. But, what are they and what are they for?
- Prayer in The Spirit (part 3) - What is the Purpose of Tongues
We know that people speak in "Other Tongues", but why? What is the purpose for "Other Tongues"? Are they still valid for today?
Next Series Installment... Coming Soon
Prayer In the Spirit (part 5) Should Believers Pray in Other Tongues?
The Holy Spirit fell on 120 people on the day of Pentecost. Among those present were His disciples, His mother,and His brothers. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and they all spoke with tongues. This experience is for all believers today.