Quiet Time with Jesus – Let’s Pray

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Before I received the Holy Spirit, I was fearful. I have seen different kinds of manifestation. I can discern that NOT every kind is the true manifestation of the Holy Spirit.

According to Luke (read chapter 11 – Jesus was teaching his disciples on prayer):

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
— Luke 11: 9-10

[Prayer: Father God, open our minds as we read Your Word so we may understand what You are teaching us. Amen.]

Jesus said, “If you…know how to give GOOD GIFTS to your CHILDREN, how much more will your FATHER in heaven give the HOLY SPIRIT to those who ASK HIM!
— Luke 13:11

Our Father in heaven is the God of ‘HOW MUCH MORE’. Ask HIM and He will give you the HOLY SPIRIT. The Holy Spirit is a GIFT.

Jesus: And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees Him not, neither knows Him: but you know Him; for He dwells with you, and shall be in you.
— John 14:16-17

I believe: The Holy Spirit dwells in every believer. He is in us – every single one of us. He loves us with an everlasting love. He is always with us – teaching us the truth. As we continue to walk on earth, He walks with us. I can imagine myself walking with Jesus, listening to Him as He speaks to me, and doing what He tells me to do. The Holy Spirit was upon Him when He did miracles. The SAME HOLY SPIRIT is upon me. When Jesus tells me what to do, the Holy Spirit empowers me. What I do is NOT according to my will but it is according to GOD's WILL that is being done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen! Praise God!

I believe: Only born-again people can be filled with the Holy Spirit. You must be born again before you can be filled with the Holy Spirit.

[Prayer: Father God, open the eyes of our understanding. Amen.]

Peter and John did not pray that God would give the Samaritans the Holy Spirit. They prayed “that they might RECEIVE the Holy Ghost.” We ought to pray according to the Word of God. It is up to mankind to RECEIVE what God offers.

Eternal life is a GIFT. Healing is a GIFT. The Holy Spirit is a GIFT. (Read 1 Peter 1)

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, if you truly BELIEVE, RECEIVE all that God is giving you TODAY (NOW)!

As we come to Him, the living Stone – rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him – we also like living stones, are being built into a SPIRITUAL HOUSE to be a HOLY PRIESTHOOD, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through JESUS CHRIST.

Let’s proclaim:

We are a CHOSEN PEOPLE, a ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, a HOLY NATION, a PEOPLE belonging to GOD.

GOD, our Father in heaven, has called us out of darkness into HIS WONDERFUL LIGHT!

We are aliens and strangers in the world. In Him, we ARE ABLE to abstain from sinful desires which war against our souls. In Him, we ARE ABLE to live good lives among the pagans. Though they may accuse us of doing wrong, they will see our good deeds and GLORIFY GOD on the day He visits us.
— 1 Peter 2:9-12

Amen!

Let’s put our faith into action. Peter wrote:

Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.

Slaves (employees), submit yourselves to your masters (employers) with all respect, NOT ONLY to those who are good and considerate, BUT ALSO to those who are harsh.

Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them DO NOT BELIEVE the word, they may be WON OVER without words by the behaviour of their wives, when they see the PURITY and REVERENCE of your lives.

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, SO THAT NOTHING WILL HINDER YOUR PRAYERS.

Finally, all of you, live in HARMONY with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.

[Prayer: Father God, the END of all things is near. Clear our minds of all clutter.  Help us to be self-controlled SO THAT WE CAN PRAY.]

In his letter to Timothy, Paul wrote:

I want men everywhere to lift up HOLY hands IN PRAYER, without anger or disputing.
— 1 Timothy 2:8

Let’s pray that ALL men (and women and children) will lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.

Amen!

Lam Yee Ling

 

Teach us to pray, Lord!