Is It Necessary To Pray To Be Filled With The Spirit?
"Christianity Questions and Answers" podcast CQA 013
This question came from a friend who wondered if what I was teaching in church one Sunday was accurate and asked: Is it necessary to pray to be filled with the Spirit?
Are Christians automatically filled with the Spirit when they accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior or is there something more that we must do?
I was speaking on “Filling Prayer” based on Scriptures from my free eBook “10 Prayers to Unlock Heaven on Earth.”
He asked a great question that caused me to drill down a little more on the issue of whether a Christian needs to pray in order to be filled with the Spirit.
To learn more on this topic, here are some other articles I’ve written about the topic of the Holy Spirit:
Here are some of the key passages on the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives:
“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13 ESV)
“But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you no longer behold Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged” (John 16:7-11).
“quench not the Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:19 KJV)
“And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.” (2 Kings 2:9-10 KJV)
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