Thursday, January 26, 2012

Maxie Dunnam on the Holy Spirit

Maxie Dunnam, the former president of Asbury Theological Seminary was asked how he viewed the Holy Spirit at work in the world.  He gave this insightful answer:
“The Acts of the Apostles might well be called the Acts of the Holy Spirit and two great truths stand out: where there is much prayer, there is vivid expression of the Holy Spirit; where there is the vivid presence of the Holy Spirit, there is much praying. This dynamic relationship—prayer and the presence of the Holy Spirit—produces that which is beyond us; in fact, this is the source of miracles. One of the reasons we don’t see more miracles is that we don’t expect more miracles.  
There is an intimate connection between the Holy Spirit and intercessory prayer. Intercession is at the heart of our relationship to the Father, the risen and reigning Christ and to the Holy Spirit. Two verses of Scripture combine to give us the picture. Romans 8:27 says, God, who searches the heart, knows it is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Put that with the exhilarating fact that Christ ever liveth to make intercession for us, and you have the dynamic work of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God searches our minds and the Holy Spirit becomes the intercessor of our hearts. As the Risen Lord, Jesus is the great intercessor, so the intercessions of the Holy Spirit and the Christ are one. As we abide in Christ, our intercession is one with the Holy Spirit and Christ, the Great Intercessor, in the throne room of heaven.”
May we pray much, expect much and see much.