Baptism of Fire: Asking for the Baptism of the Spirit
Today, during my prayer time, I asked God for the baptism of fire, or the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I was motivated to my request because of a study I’m doing called Foundations of Intercession. It’s by Corey Russell, and he is very passionate when it comes to revival. One of the fastest ways to revival is by asking for a fresh baptism of fire, of the Holy Spirit.
So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much
more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him. Lk 11:13
Just look at the apostles, first they received the baptism of fire at pentacost (Acts 2:1-4). Then two years later, they received a fresh outpouring in Acts 4:31. They received both power & boldness. And the world’s most important revival was begun and sustained, refreshed by these baptisms. But revival in the body or in our own lives, is not the end of our motivation to bring this request before God.
We should cry out for this gift because it is the prize that Christ won with his blood! It was the main purpose of His coming to earth. Even John the baptist stated this. When he identified Jesus to his followers, he defined him as “the One who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire” (Lk. 3:16. Mt.3:11). Read this quote by John G. Lake:
The outpouring of the Holy Ghost is the greatest event in Christian history–greater than the crucifixion, of greater imporet than the resurrection, greater than the ascension, greater than the glorification, and glorification sought to accomplish…
In order for us to obtain this gift, Jesus Christ lived in the world, bled on the cross, entered into the darkness of death and hell and the grave, grappled with and strangled that accursed power, came forth again, and finally ascended to heaven in order to secure it for you and me. If there is anything under heaven that ought to command our reverence, our Holy reverence, our reverence beyond anything else in the world, it surely is the subject of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost.
One reason for the baptism of fire is so that as Christians and God’s children we are given access to heaven’s pleasures-the pleasures of God-in this life. We are commanded to delight ourself in the Lord, and by the Holy Spirit we are given this access. This gift of the baptism of the Holy Spirit was paid for on the cross so that we might experience the pleasures of God. In Joel and Acts 2, the Holy Spirit is talked about sort of in a liquid sense as he is said to be “poured out”. He is also spoken of as sound and wind and fire. I believe and have experienced that these are some of the physical ways that we experience the divine pleasures during baptism. The video at the bottom of this post describes my personal experience with the baptism of fire.
I want you to look at two verses:
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Ps 16:11
Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. Acts 2:33
Do you see it? At God’s right hand, there are pleasures-abounding pleasures, pleasures forevermore. Jesus went up there and then poured out those pleasures on us. This is the fountain of life, the river of pleasures. The stream, unending.
They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light. Ps 36:8-9
Jesus gave us access not only to salvation, he became the passage to which we can access freely all of the pleasures that are there at God’s right hand. It is our portion, our inheritance, our gift to experience physical, emotional, spiritual pleasures and delights on a consistent basis. Freely He gives. We have not because we ask not.
So, get in a still place. And ask. Speak the words,
“God give me the baptism of fire. Father, pour out Your Holy Spirit. Come, Holy Spirit. Come like wind. Come like fire. Come like waters. Just come. Now. Fill this place. Consume me. Give Christ his inheritance. Give Him what he paid for on the cross. Even now, fill me. Let the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord come upon me. Cause my heart to open to you. And pour out all of the pleasures that you have for me. I want to experience you in every way possible. This is my portion and it’s your command that I delight in You. So pour it out God. Even now, come in power. Come!”
Grace and Peace (and FIRE!),