As Christians we are indwelt with the Holy Spirit. But it is up to us every day to ask Him for His help. Here are four things we can ask of Him.
1. That He will give us power over temptation. The Bible says that if we live by the Spirit—that is, if we have our mind set on what the Spirit desires and we do what the Spirit tells us—we will not carry out the desires of the flesh (Rom. 8:5; Gal. 5:16). It seems so easy. But the reason why it often turns out to be so hard is because we try to live by the Spirit without asking for His help.
We cannot live by the Spirit or set our mind on what the Spirit desires without bowing our head in prayer—constantly asking for the Spirits help. Pray for His help and power! And when He gives you the power, move out in faith. But pray again at every corner and at every trial, and He will strengthen your faith and give you renewed power over temptation.
2. That He would bring us the truth. We all want to know what is true. We want to speak the truth and live by the truth. God wants us to worship Him in Sprit and in truth. The way we do that is by meditating on God’s Word and by allowing His Spirit to fill us. For His Word is true (Jn. 14:6), and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth (Jn. 16:13). Pray every day that God will reveal His truth to you—through His Word and by His Spirit.
3. That He will powerfully move us and guide us. When God sees that we are committed to Him and to His will, He will do whatever it takes to lead us and move us to the places He wants us to serve. A good example of what I am talking about is in Philip the Evangelist. For as he was obedient to the Holy Spirit in witnessing to an Ethiopian eunuch, after he baptized the eunuch, the Spirit of the Lord snatched him away to another town, where he kept preaching the gospel (Acts 8:26-40). Pray that God will make you as committed and as passionate for the gospel as Philip was. And if He answers that prayer, you can believe, in prayer, that God will powerfully guide you to wherever He wants you to go.
4. That He will enable us to speak boldly. The devil and all those that serve him will do everything they can to keep us from speaking the Word of God with boldness. But we have the powerful weapon of prayer to aid us. If you remember the story in Acts 4, Peter and John were speaking boldly from the Word, and Satan tried to hinder them. They were severely threatened and were told to speak no more of Jesus. But they didn’t back down. They refused their threats by coming to their companions to pray. And so they prayed, “…Lord, look on their threats, and grant to your servants that with all boldness they may speak your word…” Well, here is the result of their prayer: “… The place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the Word of God with boldness.”
If you desire to witness with boldness, but you feel weak, timid, and threatened, go to your friends and pray about it. Pray that the Holy Spirit will give you boldness. Pray for it until it comes! Sooner than you think He will give you boldness.