- Jim Corbett
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“When you are ready, I will use you to show the world signs and wonders, confirming My Word. I will once again allow My Holy Spirit to flow, this time through you. First you need to allow Me to eliminate your flesh. You need to help Me destroy anything in you that will accept the praise and the glory for what I do in your midst, or I will not be able to trust you. If I am unable to trust you, you will be set aside in the same way that I will soon nullify those who have used My Word to build their mansions. Miracles, signs, and wonders are My way of confirming to the world what was accomplished at Calvary. They are not designed to be a side-show for some self-promoting performer. They are to bring the needy to Me. When you desire none of the credit for what I do, I will be able to flow mightily through you. Prepare your heart. Join Me in killing your flesh. Learn to go unrecognized in all that you do for Me. Then prepare to be used.”
Acts 4:29-31 NIV
29) “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your Word with great boldness.
30) Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
31) After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And all were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
The above verses thrill and encourage me more each time I read them. I love the simplicity of honest hearts before a holy God.
What strikes me most is the kind of prayer prayed, considering the dangerous situation that they were in. Here they were, hunted people being threatened with death because of the name of Jesus, all in a room for a prayer meeting. If that situation took place today, the most prevalent prayer would be to somehow deliver us from the dangerous situation and protect us from harm. How different their heart was.
To ask the Lord for boldness to speak His Word, to heal, perform miracles, and present signs and wonders is light years ahead of us spiritually. Pretty selfless stuff if you ask me. Not even one little petition for safety.
In our day, we would have left that room to cower another day after asking for help for the way home. They left the room with their request for boldness fulfilled. They were trustworthy. We need to repent of our religious folly. They got to experience a Holy Spirit house shaking. We have only read about it.
Change my selfish prayers, Lord,