PRAYING TO RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT
Text: Acts 8:4-25
THE WORK OF GOD IN SAMARIA
Phillip preached Jesus and the Kingdom of God
Phillip was performing signs and miracles among them
The people believed and were baptized
The news reached the church in Jerusalem
They sent the apostles Peter and John to affirm the move of God
Peter and John prayed that the Samaritans would receive the | Holy Spirit
Peter and John laid hands on them and the Samaritans received the Holy Spirit
DIGGING DEEPER: ROMANS 8:9
The Samaritans believed Philp’s preaching about the Kingdom
However, they did not receive the Spirit upon their belief
Simon “The Magician,” also believed and was baptized,
but his belief was not unto salvation
He was told, “You have no part or portion in this matter, for your heart is not right before God.” (v.21)
Romans 8:9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does
not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.
There is a belief that is NOT of the Spirit and that DOES NOT result in salvation.
Belief that does not save:
Belief regarding information about Jesus
Belief that is accepted from family, parents, and others
for our personal acceptance
Belief in the moral teachings of Jesus
Belief that is ethical, moral, and even rational but NOT Spiritual
DIGGING DEEPER: Acts 19:1-6
Paul asks the Ephesians “Did you receive the Holy Spirit
when you believed?”
The Ephesians had believed in John the Baptist’s teaching
This was not a belief resulting in salvation
Paul points them to Jesus
Then they were then baptized in the name of Jesus
Paul laid his hands on them and the Holy Spirit came on them
They began to speak in tongues and prophesy
At Pentecost: speaking in tongues, praising God, and the power
to witness (Acts 2:4,11)
In Samaria: sufficiently evident that Simon wanted the power
to produce the effect as well (Acts 8:18-19)
In the home of Cornelius: speaking in tongues and praising God
In Ephesus: speaking in tongues and prophesying (Acts 19:6)
At Paul’s Conversion: Boldness and power to witness about
Jesus (Acts 9:17-22)
The Spirit’s presence was always NOTICEABLE in Luke’s writing in Acts
PRAYING TO RECEIVE THE SPIRIT
Pray that your heart and life would be open to receive the
Spirit in His fullness and power.
Ask for the fullness of the Spirit to come upon you and fill you.
Ask that the Spirit’s presence and power would be evident
in your life.
Ask the Spirit to reveal anything in your life that hinders
the full expression of His power in your life and seek
His assistance to remove it.
Intercede for others that they too would
receive the Spirit in His fullness.