Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2

The Holy Spirit and Prayer

The Holy Spirit and Prayer

 “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” (Acts 4:31)

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. ” (Mathew 7:7-8)

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. (John 14:16a)

The Holy Spirit responds, moves or comes following prayer as recorded in these verses. The Holy Spirit initiates prayer in us  and then He responds when we pray. On the day of Pentecost, the church was “ filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4a) as “they all joined together constantly in prayer….” Acts (1:14a) The Holy Spirit still stirs, moves or comes in response to prayer as he did in Acts 4:31 above.  E. M. Bounds wrote,

“The coming of the Holy Spirit is dependent upon prayer, for prayer only can compass with its authority and demands the      realm where this person of the Godhead has his abode. Even Christ was subject to this law of prayer….the presence and power of the Holy Spirit at any given meeting is conditioned on praying faith.” (The Reality of Prayer)

Is the Spirit’s power at work in you? This will be seen in your prayers. Bounds continued,

“The Holy Spirit is not only our teacher, our inspirer and our revealer, in prayer, but the power of our praying in measure and force is measured by the Spirit’s power working in us, as the will and work of God, according to God’s good pleasure….[In Paul’s Ephesians 3 prayer, he shows] The power of God to do for us was measured by the power of God in us. ‘According to,’ says the apostle, that is, after the measure of, ‘the power that worketh in us.’ The projecting power of praying outwardly was the projecting power of God in us….The mightiest operation of God in us brings the mightiest praying….Would you pray with mighty results? Seek the mighty working of the Holy Spirit in your own spirit.”                                                    

As you pray in July, ask the Holy Spirit to work mightily in you. Yield to Him freshly. Jesus taught the disciples to wait and pray, as well as, to ask, seek and knock. The Holy Spirit indwells each believer, but for His mighty working in you, “Ask for the Holy Spirit – seek for the Holy Spirit – knock for the Holy Spirit.”

Greg Murphy – Minister, Family Care