Acts 1:8 New American Standard Bible 1995
8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
Have you ever felt empty? Have you ever felt powerless? This can be the experience for anyone who fails to rely and trust fully in the Holy Spirit. When we come to Christ the Holy Spirit comes to live within us. But what the Holy Spirit desires to do is fill us with His power and His presence.
How does this happen? What I have come to understand in my life that in all that we receive from God it is a result of surrender on our part. When we come to Christ for salvation, we receive the gift of salvation by surrendering our lives to Jesus. We no longer are in control of our lives and it is not our selfish desire and will that is dictating our lives. What begins to take over our lives is the will of Almighty God.
The same stands if our desire is to be an effective witness for Jesus Christ. Being a witness for Jesus is not possible in ourselves. If we try to accomplish anything in ourselves we will fail every time. We will come to find out how limited our strength and power truly is. But there is something supernatural that happens when we begin to desire to be a witness for Jesus and then cry out to the Lord for His power and might to fill our lives.
The Lord tells us we have not because we ask not. God's desire is for us to be vocal about our faith. To live out this faith journey with Him on a daily basis. He will supply everything we need. What I have found is it begins with asking the Father to simply fill us with His Spirit and His power. As we ask, the power of God is released into our lives.
The purpose of the power of the Holy Spirit is not so we can have cool experiences and continually live on a spiritual high. The purpose of the power of the Holy Spirit is to be a witness on the earth for Jesus Christ. When we recognize our insufficiency apart from God and simply begin to cry out to Him in the place of prayer, we will see God move in mighty ways in our life.
Father today I come and ask you to fill me with your power and your presence. Holy Spirit I pray that you would fill every part of my being and that my mind and heart would be fully surrendered to you. Father continue to prune and refine and remove anything that would hinder my walk with you. Help me on this earth to be an effective witness for you and your kingdom. In the name of Jesus, Amen.