Dangerous Prayers

“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”

John 3:30


Reading the book of Acts I find those who were used mightily by the Lord were those who sought what theologians call a “subsequent baptism”. In careful study of the Bible we find there are three very distinct relationships we can enjoy with God. When a person comes to Jesus Christ the Bible says that God comes “in” to our heart and He makes it His home (See Revelation 3:20). Jesus said that after He ascended back to heaven He would pray to the Father to send believers another helper who was just like Jesus but who would not only be in us but He would be “with us” wherever we might go (See John 14:17). The Holy Spirit would come along side us to point us to Jesus. Lastly we discover God desires to “come upon” believers for the sole purpose of soul winning and advancing the kingdom of God on earth (See Acts 1:8).

As I was praying this morning that God would fill me with His Spirit afresh today the Lord whispered in my ear, “thats a dangerous prayer” and along with that John 3:30 where John the Baptist would say “Jesus must increase and I must decrease.” I took that to mean God can’t fill me if I am full of myself, my will, my plans for the day. In order for God to come upon me and you today, we must surrender all. Our day belongs to the Lord, this is the day He has made… and God has a plan that often times runs counter to the plans I have for the day and is why I must die to me and you must die to you and together we must live to God. Yes, loved one, praying Jesus must become greater and greater and I must become less and less is a dangerous prayer but then again with Jesus less is more!  

“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Galatians 2:20


Michael Osthimer




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