Prayer to receive holy spirit : When do we receive holy spirit
The Holy Spirit descended upon the earth as soon as Jesus died on the cross and rose three days later to ascend to heaven.
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
“Lord Jesus, I confess I have sinned. I repent of all my sins.forgive me”
As soon as you say this prayer, you will be saved and you will enter the kingdom of God as a son of God. Next you need to invite the Holy Spirit to come into your heart. Just say,
“Holy Spirit please come into my heart” and he will come to you.
The importance of having the Holy Spirit in you :
“The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you.teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you.”
In many instances of my life, I have been guided by the Holy Spirit, especially when facing an impending danger. God warns me and take me on a different path.
I remember when I had to take a flight to US from my home country years ago, how many times I missed the flight.it was because I was carrying a staff ticked issued by the manager of the airline where I worked.
And unfortunately for me the flight was overbooked. The result was that they had to off load me since I was carrying a staff ticket. But later I realized that it was God’s will as I heard that plane had crash-landed.
This is another example of God’s interference in preventing me from getting hurt. There were many instances that I escaped death.
The holy spirit will remind you of scriptures in the bible relating to your situation.If you know the bible you will perceive it. Make an attempt to read the Word regularly and put it to practice. You have the spirit in you. You carry it wherever you go.
” In the same way the Spirit also comes to help us, weak as we are. For we do not know how we ought to pray; the Spirit himself pleads with God for us in groans that words cannot express.”
The Holy Spirit takes over during your private prayers. It will speak to the Lord on your behalf. He will present your case before God. And you will only hear groaning during this process. It will not make any sense to you, but to our heavenly father it does.
The “groaning” is being initiated by the Holy Spirit as we do know how to pray properly for the Father to hear our prayers. The power of the Holy Spirit is such for the stranger it would sound stupid and funny.
Praying in the spirit:
Whenever, I attended a prayer meeting, I heard many praying in the spirit or “tongues” as it is known. I found it to be weird as it sounded so artificial. I thought people are just showing off, but I really started believing after started doing the same thing. After some prayers, they would lift their hands and utter “nonsense”.
Later, I understood that this was the Holy Spirit which is interceding on behalf of everyone and reaching out to the Father. Today, I believe that this prayer to be very effective.
Unfortunately, this way praying has brought commotion in the church. Some go overboard and start acting weird. This happens in some Pentecostal churches.
Jesus clearly say in the scriptures, that unless one can “interpret” these prayers that it is of no importance.
Many times I noticed in many churches, someone would pray in “Holy spirit” but nobody interprets.
This does not make any sense to someone not conversant in the spirit. He would rather look at it with amazement as not does not make any sense to him.
It is better to pray the normal way in one’s language rather than force yourself to pray in the Spirit. This I experienced in my own church as well as other Pentecostal churches.
John 3:5-6 :
“I am telling you the truth,” replied Jesus, “that no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. A person is born physically of human parents, but is born spiritually of the Spirit.”
After you become a Christian, it is essential that you get water baptized. This will be done in your local church. Ensure you attend and participate at one of the water baptism, which is being performed at least twice a year.
Some churches may not perform it. In that case, you need to find one that does. You need not leave your church to do it, but just for the water baptism you can attend another church.
The importance of water baptism is that although you may be born of spirit as Jesus said you must be born of water. This is a requirement from the Father in heaven.
You may be confused as to why you need to be born again. Yes, you were born physically to your parents but born spiritually:. That is the essence of being born of the spirit.
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”
When you pray let your Holy Spirit within you take over your human prayers. It would sound funny like as if you are groaning. Actually it is the spirit of God who is praying on your behalf. This would be a wonderful experience for you.
Isaiah 57: 15
says “For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
This scripture clearly indicates to us that your Father in heaven is constantly watches over you and he helps you in your spiritual revival. It shows his loving attitude towards his creation.
“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? “
He is. And that is why he is omnipresent and omnipotent. There is no need to worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will take care of itself.
As soon as Jesus ascended to Heaven the Holy Spirit descended. For you to receive the holy spirit you need to confess you sins and ask Jesus to come into your heart. And as soon as you say the sinners’ prayer you be born of spirit. Then you need to be baptized by water as well. The holy spirit will take your prayers to the Father. When praying, the “Spirit” intercedes and it will sound like “groaning” You can be assure that your prayers in the spirit will reach heavenly father.