Jesus told His followers that He would “send the Promise of the Father” upon them, so they would be “endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). If you have received Jesus as your Savior, if you have been “born again of the Spirit,” then you have already received a little of that Holy Spirit power. But that doesn’t mean that you’ve received the full measure of the Holy Spirit. This is usually a separate experience that happens later.
A glass of water makes a good illustration. If the glass has at least some water in it, you could say that it’s a glass of water, even though it’s not a full glass. Many Christians are like glasses with just a little water, a bit of God’s Spirit. But those who have prayed for an infilling of the Holy Spirit are like glasses that have been filled till they overflow.
Have you received the full power of God’s Spirit? If not, you can right now. You just have to ask for and receive it by praying a simple prayer like the following:
Dear Jesus, I know that I need more of Your love and power in my life, so please fill me with Your Holy Spirit right now. Amen.
Power for what?
Love power. God is the very Spirit of love itself, (John 4:24; 1 John 4:8) so when He fills you with His Holy Spirit, your heart overflows with love—love for Him and love for others.
Prayer power. In order to receive or transmit messages, a two-way radio must be plugged into a power source; the greater the power, the better the radio operates. Prayer works the same way, and it’s powered by the Holy Spirit. Spirit-filled prayers reach their destination loud and clear, and they really get results (Romans 8:26–27).
Power to get more closely connected. Shortly before His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus promised His disciples that He would send them a Comforter or Helper, the Holy Spirit, to strengthen, empower, lead, and guide them in their spiritual lives and relationships with Him. “The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26).
Power to make positive changes in your life. Self-help books, resolutions, and willpower aren’t enough! What you really need to make positive changes in your life is God’s help. You may be able to make some changes yourself, but to get real and lasting deep changes, you need the renewing power of the Holy Spirit (See Titus 3:5).
Power to share the Good News with others. If you find it difficult to share your faith with others, you’ll be happy to know that one of the main purposes of the Holy Spirit is to give you the boldness and the courage to tell others about the Lord and His love.