A READER ASKS

Simple Grace - - Mood Index -

“Dear Lord, hear­ing peo­ple talk about be­ing ‘filled with the Holy Spirit’ makes me feel like some sort of sec­on­drate wor­ship­per: Truth be told, I’m not sure I’ve ever been filled at all. I’m con­fi­dent I’ve felt the Holy Spirit work in me when I pray, and guide me when I ask You for help. But when I go to Chris­tian con­certs or watch ser­vices on T.V. where the pas­tor in­vites the Spirit in, peo­ple seem to be to­tally over­come—it’s like they’re lifted to a height that’s closer to You than I’ve ever at­tained. I’ll ad­mit to be­ing so hun­gry for that ex­pe­ri­ence that when I’m in the midst of peo­ple hav­ing it, I’ve tried to act like them, hop­ing I could kind of fake it till I make it. Not sur­pris­ingly, it makes no dif­fer­ence what­so­ever; I just end up feel­ing like a to­tal fraud. Maybe I’m not ready to be filled yet, but can You tell me if I’m do­ing some­thing wrong?”

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