“I indeed have baptized you with water: but He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost” (Mark 1:8).
As I read these words this morning, my mind wandered back to a wonderful conversation I had recently with a pastor of a church that I had the privilege to preach for. We spent well over an hour-and-a-half talking about the presence and power of God, our need for the Holy Spirit’s power and presence, as well as the need for His guidance and direction in our daily lives. We talked about the fact that at one time it was common to hear from our pulpits messages on this need. And yet, it seems as if our pulpits have become silent when it comes to this topic.
Could this be one of the reasons that we see so much complacency and even carnality in our homes and our churches? Could this be one of the reasons our nation has drifted so far to “the left”?
What better way to start off a new year than ask God to make us a thirsty people. A people thirsty for Him. A people thirsty for His power and His presence!
“For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my Spirit upon thy seed, and My blessing upon thine offspring” (Isaiah 44:3).
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6).
O Lord, there is absolutely nothing or absolutely no one that we need like You. Help us not to be satisfied with the spiritual mediocrity, comfort, convenience, and complacency this world has to offer. O Lord, create within us a hunger and thirst for righteousness and for the Righteous One. Give us a spirit of holy desperation. Baptize us with your presence and power. Fill us, empower us, guide and direct us with your Holy Spirit. May we be filled to overflowing with the very life and love of Jesus!