Fire Starters for Weary Hearts
by Brenda Kuseski
Our greatest need is not for God to solve our immediate problems—it’s our need for a new filling of the Holy Spirit. John the Baptist said that Jesus would baptize us with the Holy Spirit and with fire; that promise was initiated at Pentecost, and is available today. Here are some ways to pray for the fire of the Holy Spirit:
1. The Fire of His Fullness—Eph. 5:18 “Do not get drunk on wine…Instead, [keep on being] filled with the Holy Spirit.” Father, I receive now the filling of the Holy Spirit in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Saturate every area of my life with Your holy presence. Take control of my spirit, soul, & body.
2. The Fire of His thirst-quenching Presence—John 7:37-38 “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink….streams of living water fill flow from within him.” Father, I am thirsty. Dry. Parched. …I come and rink deeply from You. …Fill every area of my life to overflowing with your dear presence
3. The Fire of His Righteousness—Hosea 10:12 “…Break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes and showers righteousness on you.” Father, I do take hold of You today until You come and shower righteousness down on me and my people…
4. The Fire of His Empowerment—Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses…to the ends of the earth.” Father, apart from you I can do nothing. Give me a fresh outpouring of your Holy Spirit and empower me to be Your witness in every sphere you open to me.
5. The Fire of His Love—Eph. 3:17-19 “I pray that you…may have power, together with all saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ…that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Father, baptize me afresh in Your love. Immerse me. May the love of Christ conspicuously permeate my life so that others might see more of Him and less of me.
6. The Fire of His Face—Ps. 67:1-2 “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.” Shine, Jesus, shine! Fill every land with Your blazing presence. Take the veil off our eyes…we want the nations to be drawn to your salvation.
7. The Fire of Answered Prayer—I Kings 18:24 “The one who answers by fire—He is God.” Father, send Your flaming presence into my prayer life today. Take the dry tinder of my inner life and show Yourself to be the God who answers by fire. Fred Hartley III, Prayer on Fire