So I’ve been asked what bears the most importance to the life of a Christian who is going to go into ministry. I didn’t know the answer and I asked my dad what he believes the answer is.
Holy Spirit Power.
And you know? I agree with him. It makes sense, it is backed with scriptures.
So how does one get this power in their ministry? Also an easy answer, but doing it isn’t so easy.
If we look into the book of Acts, chapter 1:8
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Hey look at that. Explicit instructions on the qualifications for ministry in the kingdom of God. And guess what else? Four verses prior to that Jesus is found saying to wait for the promise of the father. Everywhere else you see the promise he is speaking of, it is always in reference to the Holy Ghost baptism of Fire. To the power he told them of.
So if we are to wait on God for the promise prior to ministry work, what does that mean? Well, let’s look again in the book of acts.. 1:14
“These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.”
Acts 2:1-4 KJV
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
So… The answer to this brings us all the way back to constant and consistent prayer. Prayer is hard. It’s especially hard when you pray and feel drained even more, than you were prior to praying. Then it feels like one is doing something wrong. Not generally the case.
But in all of it, the good and the bad, our prayers ought to be intense. Unfortunately not many of us have the maturity to pray intensely when everything’s going good. Not even the willpower to do so. But we are called not only to prayer, but to fervent prayer. In the book of James speaks to this effect on healing, and how to get it from God.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
But we know that this isn’t just in reference to healing. Elijah prayed that way, and there was a drought. Then he did so again and there came rain. He did so through fervent prayer. And we can pray those kinds of prayers. It requires focus and dedication. Prayer is work. Not just talking but also listening for the answer. However we also come to a place where we are called to pray in the spirit, let’s look at Jude 20..
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost…
This is an extremely difficult concept to understand without plenty of study of scriptures in both the old and the New Testament. Psalm 91 speaks of the promises of praying in the spirit. Elsewhere in psalms we are called upon to praise God in the firmament of His power. Another fun topic to cover now that feeds into the present one nicely.
What is the firmament of Gods power? Well, looking at it from the Bible, we find Jesus saying that God is Spirit, and therefore true worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth. This suggests that the Spirit is the firmament of His power, and therefore, in order to do as we ought, we need to.. Commune with God. To align ourselves in unity with His Spirit. To put in the time, as long as it takes, to get into the spirit, leaving our flesh on the altar behind us, bound. The flesh is what prevents us from being in the spirit and tries to take us back out of it when we get into it. But like anything else, the more we press into the presence of God, the better we will become at it.
I don’t know about y’all, but I wanna be like Abraham or Moses. They knew God so well. When Abraham talked to God, God stopped everything to converse with him. Moses saw the glory of God for 40 days on the mountain, and when he came down, they had to cover his face so he could be among them. I wanna know God like that. No greater joy or peace can be found but that is in the presence of God.
Prayer is how we do all of this.
~ Paul Bishop