The baptism of the Holy Spirit is God’s special gift made available for all Christians to enjoy and live a prosperous life.
Christians of our days ought to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit just like early days Christians did. Some early Christians received the special blessing as narrated by Paul,
“And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.”
Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied” (Acts 19:1-6).
Lesson on receiving Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Christians should understand what baptism of the Holy Spirit means.
It means empowerment of God’s power through the Holy Spirit.
Baptism of the Holy Spirit is not the same as “Entrance of God’s Spirit.”
The entrance of God’s Spirit comes to all Christians during conversion (when someone becomes born again), but the baptism of the Holy Spirit is especially given to Christians who seek it.
Meanwhile, all Christians need the baptism of the Holy Spirit to faithfully serve God in this wicked world.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit gives someone special strength to stand uprightly when others have fallen flat.
Therefore, all believers should seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit like the early apostles during Pentecost (Acts 2:1-3).
We can pray in church and/or solicit prayers from church elders (like Paul prayed for Ephesus brethren – Acts 19:6).
We can also individually wait on God through prayer and fasting to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
A dedicated prayer is needed to secure the baptism of the Holy Spirit; therefore, believers should pray to have it.
Prayer on Receiving the Holy Spirit
Dear God, I want to receive the baptism of your Holy Spirit.
To qualify for this treasured gift, I confess my sins and repent from them.
Please baptize me with your Holy Spirit to be empowered to walk before you in righteousness.
Let your Spirit turn me to a giant Christian who will live a triumphant life on earth.
Let him enable me with the ability to effectively serve you to bear fruits for your kingdom.
Let your divine Spirit guide me in every aspect of life to enjoy your benefits.
For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.
Christians are to always pray for God’s blessings because they are meant for them to enjoy. Paul specially prayed for Christians at Ephesus; however, his prayer applied to all Christians – including present days believers.
Paul paraphrased his prayer,
“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:14-21).
Lesson for Christians to Pray and Claim God’s blessings
Christians are recipients of God’s blessings. We are God’s children, and all his blessings befit us!
Therefore, every Christian should endeavor to claim any blessing that he or she comes across in the scripture.
(We should always pray to claim God’s blessings as much as possible).
No Christian should hesitate to reclaim any of God’s blessings found on the pages of the scriptures.
No child of God should presume that Psalm 23 only applied to King David.
The same God that David served is the one that we Christians serve; therefore the statement,
“The Lord is my shepherd” mentioned in Psalms still means something to the present-day believers.
It means God’s protection and provision would remain available for us.
Truly, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is still the same one that we serve, and we are entitled to all blessings of the scriptures!
Christians Pray and Claim God’s Blessings
Dear God, how awesome you are! You are the best thing that has ever happened to me.
You are my God, my rock, and my fortress! My total life is dedicated to you.
Since you are the same God yesterday, today, and forever, I claim all your promises of blessing mentioned in the scriptures.
May the riches of Abraham abide by me! May the prosperity of Joseph become my portion, and may the victory of David become my testimony!
Since I am a child of God, may his divine favor, riches, and goodness follow me throughout the days of my life!
May all my prayers and heart meditations be granted through the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.