“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father on you: but tarry you in the city of Jerusalem, until you be endued with power from on high.” Luke 24:49.
Our Lord is rich in grace, mighty in power; He will abundantly bestow these gifts upon all who come to Him in faith…. We should pray as earnestly for the descent of the Holy Spirit as the disciples prayed on the day of Pentecost. If they needed it at that time, we need it more today. Moral darkness, like a funeral pall, covers the earth. All manner of false doctrines, heresies, and satanic deceptions are misleading the minds of men. Without the Spirit and power of God it will be in vain that we labor to present the truth.
By the grace of Christ the apostles were made what they were. … They realized the greatness of their debt to Him. By earnest, persevering prayer they obtained the endowment of the Holy Spirit, and then they went forth, weighted with the burden of saving souls…. Shall we be less earnest than were the apostles?
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? … 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. –God’s Amazing Grace, p. 219.
Questions to think about:
In this dark and deceitful world can we present the truth without the power and wisdom of God?
Do we realize the greatness of our duty?
Are we baptized daily by the Spirit?