Receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
you have received Jesus as your Savior and Lord and you want the power to live
this new life He has given you victoriously, I invite you to receive the
baptism of the Holy Spirit (also referred to as the Holy Ghost). Receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a
different experience than receiving the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which
happens the moment you receive Jesus. However, receiving the Holy Spirit is
just as easy as receiving Jesus as your Savior and Lord. You may be asking, “If I’ve received Jesus and the Holy Spirit
already lives inside me, why do I need to receive the baptism of the Holy
Baptism of the Holy Ghost
Before returning to Heaven, Jesus told His disciples that they would receive power after the Holy Ghost came upon them (i.e., after they were baptized in the Holy Ghost):
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
(Acts 1:8 New International Version)
The word “power” in the preceding scripture comes from the Greek word “dunamis,” which is where we get the English word “dynamite.” The word “dunamis” means “ability, abundance, might, power, and strength." Jesus explained to the disciples that when they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, they would receive the power of the Holy Spirit, which would enable them to be His witnesses—to boldly tell others what they had witnessed during His time on the earth, and to tell it in a way that others would understand. They witnessed the miracles that He performed. They witnessed the love He shared and the compassion He showed. They witnessed His death. They witnessed His burial. They witnessed His resurrection. And now they had the boldness to tell everyone about it. On the day of Pentecost, when they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, they received the power to speak to every man in his own language through the utterance of other tongues (languages) (see Acts 2:1-11).
When we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we receive the same power, the same boldness, and the same utterance. We receive the empowerment to tell of all that God has done in our lives and to be His show-and-tell as we live out the promises that He has given us. As His witnesses, we receive the empowerment to hold on to God’s promises, to live above sin, and to overcome every obstacle victoriously.
This empowerment is made available to every born-again believer. God has made this empowerment available through the baptism of His precious Holy Spirit to all who choose to receive it. It is only a matter of asking:
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?
If you then, though you are evil, 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 11:10–13, New International Version)
Praying in the Holy Ghost
The baptism of the Holy Spirit comes with a new prayer language—a heavenly language that allows you to communicate directly with God, spirit to Spirit, thereby building yourself up in faith and keeping yourself mindful of the love of God (see John 4:24). This heavenly language is referred to as speaking in unknown tongues or praying in the Spirit/Holy Ghost.
For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit.
(1 Corinthians 14:2, English Standard Version)
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God …
(Jude 20, 21, King James Version)
Some people think that tongues and the baptism of the Holy Ghost were just for those in biblical times. Other people think that speaking in tongues is of the devil. However, we who receive the Word of God as truth believe and know that the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues is a gift of God. We believe and know that it is just as real and relevant today as it was in biblical times. For those of you who don’t know, choose to believe the Word of God is truth and choose to receive all that God has for you. God will manifest Himself and the truth of His Word to you in a very personal way so you know you have heard from Him.
If you are a Believer and you would like to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, you can receive it right now. Whether you’ve been saved for years, days, or even moments does not matter. Your time is now. Simply pray this prayer and receive:
Thank You so much for your love. Thank You for giving me Jesus.
Thank You for being the Giver of every good and every perfect gift.
Thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit living inside of me.
I ask You to baptize me in Your Holy Spirit now.
I receive Your supernatural power, Your supernatural abundance, Your supernatural strength, Your supernatural might, and Your supernatural ability to be a witness for You.
I receive my prayer language. I receive my praise language.
I thank You for it now, in Jesus’ Name.
Now take your praise language by faith. Open your mouth and begin to speak. Don’t try to make sense of it. Speak the words and the syllables that you hear on the inside.
My friend once told me of her husband’s experience the first time he spoke in unknown tongues. She had not spoken in unknown tongues at that time and asked him what it was like. He said, “There were a lot of As and a lot of Ls.” This description sounds funny (and we had a good Holy Ghost–inspired laugh over it), but his description was a very accurate portrayal of what he heard in his spirit and what he spoke out loud.
Don’t try to make sense of it. Just speak what you hear. Holy Spirit will give you the words, but He will not take control of your mouth. You need to do the speaking.
Begin to speak ….
The above is taken from Beyond Salvation: The Art of Receiving God's Promises. Used with the author's permission.
Free, K., (2016) Beyond salvation: The art of receiving God's promises. Bloomington IL: AuthorHouse