God does not just show up without an invitation, if He did men might not recognize Him. We must know what moves the hand of God or we will come up with a bunch of silly formulas. When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, He began by saying “Our Father who art in heaven”. This prayer is commonly known as the Lord’s prayer but the truth is, it is the disciples prayer. Jesus taught them the prayer but Christians read only that portion of what He taught. Let’s continue to read what He further said.
Luke 11:9-10 So I say ask and keep on asking, and it will be given you; seek and keep on seeking, and you will find; knock and keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds, and he who keeps knocking, the door will be opened.
If you rightly discern the Word of God you will come to understand that He wants us to be persistent, just like Israel crying out to God to be delivered from bondage. And Peter’s church family praying all night and receiving him a free man. If we are to have a move of God we must be willing to pray without ceasing until God shows up. One or two prayers won’t get it done, we must commit to prayer until we have His face in our midst. This is not my idea or another man’s, this is how God wants us to be towards Him.
Luke 11:13 How much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask and continue to ask.
The Holy Spirit is more than speaking in tongues, He is the manifestation of God’s will. That’s why it’s called a move of the Spirit, He comes to fulfill God’s will. It was the Holy Spirit that led God’s people out of Egypt, it was the Spirit that split the sea. There is more to the Holy Spirit than what meets the eye but we won’t know until we ask. If you want to know what the Lord prayed, read John chapter seventeen.
John 17:1, 18 Jesus lifted His eye to heaven and began to pray. Father as you have sent Me into the world, even so I have also sent My disciples into the world.
When you read His prayer you will find that He prayed for His eleven disciples and all of us who believe what He taught His disciples. For years I searched for how He sent His disciples into the world and just recently the Lord showed me. As the Father sent Jesus, Jesus has sent us.
Acts 10:38 God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.
Jesus anointed us with the Holy Spirit so we could go about doing good and healing ALL who are oppressed of the devil. As God was with Jesus, He is with us.
Pastor Jerry Lamping
Born and raised in Helena, MT, has been a Pastor for over 20 years.