“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Luke 11:13.
Since this is the means by which we are to receive power, why do we not hunger and thirst for the gift of the Spirit? Why do we not talk of it, pray for it, and preach concerning it? The Lord is more willing to give the Holy Spirit to those who serve Him than parents are to give good gifts to their children. For the daily baptism of the Spirit, every worker should offer his petition to God. Companies of Christian workers should gather to ask for special help, for heavenly wisdom, that they may know how to plan and execute wisely. Especially should they pray that God will baptize His chosen ambassadors in mission fields with a rich measure of His Spirit. The presence of the Spirit with God’s workers will give the proclamation of truth a power that not all the honor or glory of the world could give. –The Acts of Apostles, p. 50.
The answer may come with sudden velocity and overpowering might, or it may be delayed for days and weeks, and our faith receives a trial. But God knows how and when to answer our prayer. It is our part of the work to put ourselves in connection with the divine channel. God is responsible for His part of the work. He is faithful who hath promised. The great and important matter with us is to be of one heart and mind, putting aside all envy and malice and, as humble supplicants, to watch and wait. Jesus, our Representative, and Head, is ready to do for us what He did for the praying, watching ones on the Day of Pentecost. –Last Day Events, p. 194.
Questions to think about:
Are we of one heart and of one mind in the church?
Have we put aside every envy and have we humbled ourselves while we watch and pray?
Do we understand, that if we are as one body in the church, if we come together and pray, then God will bless us abundantly?