“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.”
The Holy Spirit is as real as Jesus. Although Jesus´ earthly ministry was relatively short the Lord paved a way for the church to receive the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. From that moment on, the Holy Spirit has become the main engine of the church. The Spirit of God has come to help us from falling into monotonous prayer lives that lack power. When we surrender complete control of our lives to Him, then our level of prayer reaches a new dimension. The Holy Spirit knows how to touch the heart of our Heavenly Father to inspire Him to send His angelic hosts on our behalf. The Spirit of God knows the desires of our hearts and knows our needs. He approaches the Father using the proper expressions, with groans too deep for human words. This holy language softens the heart of God extending His favor toward us. If we enter daily in prayer through the Spirit, we will never be the same. Renewal of the mind will follow, as well as blessings in family and finances. It’s in the secret place, with the Holy Spirit, where we conquer and become everything God wants us to be.
This is what Peter and John saw when they went into the temple at the gate called Beautiful. When they saw the lame beggar, Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, walk” (Acts 3:6). Peter was moving in the dimension of the supernatural. This is why the word given to the lame man was one of faith and power. What Peter had conquered in the secret place, God was now rewarding publicly. We must understand the way God operates in our time of prayer. That is where we surrender our lives completely, and invite the Spirit of God to take complete control of our whole being. He takes our faith, which can be the size of a mustard seed, and unites it to His Spirit. As we become one with Him, we are aware that miracles happen. Miracles don’t happen because of our power or charisma, but because of the power of God, who is the One who acts so effectively in us. You have the authority to rebuke cancer, blindness, deafness, hernias, kidney problems, etc. All you have to do is release the word of authority and move in faith, because God will support you. His powerful anointing is upon you. Do not be afraid. Do not be a low-profile pastor or leader. Trust in Him, and learn to move in the supernatural. Always remember that you are not the one doing miracles. Jesus has already done them. Simply release the word of authority, and the miracle will happen.
When Peter gave the word of authority, the lame man got up, and two thousand more people were converted. Jesus wants to be manifested through us. He wants to live through the Holy Spirit that lives in us. He wants His anointing to be with us always, just as it was with Peter.
When we become intimate with God, His Spirit will carry us to a level of new experiences. Prayer will have a clear purpose. We will be able to understand God’s divine plan for our life and know how to intercede for those who are difficult or un-loveable. The secret place is the only place where we can renew our spiritual strength.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
“One night, when my daughter Belen was three months old, she woke up restless at 2:30 am. Her temperature was 103°F (39.5°C). Doctors recommend that if a baby has a temperature of 104°F (40°C) they should be taken to hospital straight away. I remember my wife and I trying to lower her temperature with a wet flannel. We were not sure what medicine to give to her, since she was so young. The fever continued to rise, and our mental battle began. A voice told me to take her to the hospital. Every time it spoke to me, it convinced me more and more, since this was the right thing to do. But another voice told me, “Go into your secret place, and pray for her.” Indecision and doubt paralyzed me. I couldn’t do one thing or the other. I was lying in bed while my wife tried to lower her fever, and my daughter was crying the whole time. Suddenly, an external force made me get up from my bed, and walk toward the bathroom. There, behind the closed door I poured out my heart in prayer before the Father like I never had before. I fell to my face, asked for forgiveness, gave thanks, and desperately asked God to intervene for my daughter. Suddenly, I was filled with great peace, and I stayed on the floor before God for about five minutes. When I left the bathroom I asked my wife how our baby was doing, and she answered that the fever had suddenly disappeared. When I heard this, I cried tears of joy, and understood that nothing is impossible for God.” (Claudio Pereyra)
"All of my strength is found in the Spirit of God. My best prayer comes when He intercedes for me."
Today's post is an excerpt from Pastor Cesar Castellanos' book, Declarations of Power for 365 Days of the Year: Volume Three.
TODAY'S BIBLE READING
- Old Testament: 1 Chronicles 5-6; Psalms 126
- New Testament: Luke 7:36-50; Colossians 2:1-7