Question: Do you think that ONLY Mary was chosen for immaculate conception? She wasn’t. That may make some hackles stand up; but scripture supports the premise. Like Mary, humanity is privileged to carry the Holy One and reveal Him, yes or no?
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her. – Luke 1:38
Read what the angel said to Mary before he left. Luke 1:35-
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
Notice WHO came upon and overshadowed Mary. The Holy Spirit, a.k.a. the Holy Ghost.
Many know this as part of the Christmas story; but how often do we pray the Holy Spirit hover over us or over others and bear (manifest, reveal, carry, birth) the life of the Son of God? It’s not a weird or odd prayer, it’s biblical and speaks to the distinctive holy work of the Spirit.
The 2nd sentence of the Bible, Genesis 1:2 says:
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
The Spirit of God moved upon darkness. The Spirit hovered over the deep waters to create. The Spirit separated light from darkness.
Did you know that the moving, the type of hovering that the Holy Spirit does has a root meaning tied to tenderness?
râchaph, raw-khaf'; a primitive root; to brood; by implication, to be relaxed:—flutter, move, shake.
It is a softening, a relaxing, a loving and protective overshadowing as defined in Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon, like a bird brooding over her young ones-
In Mary’s unique case, yes she alone physically bore the Son of God; but from a spiritual perspective, anyone can bear the Son of God through the work of the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit hovered over Christ. He came upon Christ. He filled Christ, John 1:32-34.
“Flesh gives birth to flesh, but spirit gives birth to spirit”, Christ said. “You must be born from above,” Christ said. See John 3:1-21.
“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision, or a husband’s will, but born of God.”- John 1:12
Is the Holy Spirit a one-time event? For salvation I believe scripture supports that yes we are sealed once, see Ephesians 4:30. But for continual manifestation and power we need to live by His power and I believe scripture supports persistent and BOLD asking for more. Asking the Father for more of the good gifts of the Holy Spirit.
… yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs…- Luke 11:8b
What do you need? Jesus says, ask…
9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”- Luke 11:9-13
Do you want much more? Do you want Christ to be made manifest through you? Ask!
Below are the words of the angel who spoke to Mary turned into a prayer. Pray for yourself and others. Remember it is the creative, holy work of the Spirit to hover over the deep waters within and brood with Holy love to form the Son of God, Galatians 4:19.
PRAYER FROM LUKE 1:35 for yourself:
Holy Spirit come upon me; power of the Most High overshadow me.
Holy one be formed in greater ways within me. Manifest, reveal the Son of God through me.
PRAYER FROM LUKE 1 for someone else:
Holy Spirit come upon “x”; power of the Most High overshadow “x”.
Holy One be formed within “x”. Spirit give birth to spirit and reveal the Son of God to him/her.
If you want to practice this prayer and continue to make persistent and bold requests like Jesus said to do… call in next Thursday night at 10pm to the new prayer line! I will be praying for the group to be filled with more and you will be able to have a refreshing time with the LORD in your private setting. Here is the information- https://www.freeconferencecall.com/wall/talktogodprayerline
Otherwise, Merry Christmas and be blessed in your longing for more of Him!
P.S. THANK YOU JESUS! I’m looking back at what He has done this year and how ALL highlights point to the Holy Spirit manifesting. Through Into the Waters Ministry, in prayer settings, he has talked to people, touched people, comforted people, given people divine wisdom and revelation, revealed Jesus, and drawn hearts nearer to Christ. I’m looking forward to what He will do in 2017! To God be the glory!
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