In Eph.5:18 we find God’s command: “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.” (Which is wild, reckless living). Then the verse continues with the command: “Instead, be filled with the Spirit”.
So, it is God’s clear instruction to all Christians to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
In I John 5:14,15 there is this promise: “… that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, we know that we have what we asked of Him”.
This means that if we ask God to fill us with His Holy Spirit according to His command, we can know that according to His promise, He hears us and fills us with His Holy Spirit.
We are filled with the Holy Spirit by faith alone. True prayer is one way of expressing our faith. The following is a suggested prayer:
Dear Father, I need You. I acknowledge that I have sinned against You by directing my own life. I thank You that You have forgiven my sins through Christ’s death on the cross for me. I now invite Christ to again take His place on the throne of my life. Fill me with the Holy Spirit as You commanded me to be filled, and as You promised in Your Word that You would do if I asked in faith. I pray this in the name of Jesus. As an expression of my faith, I now thank You for filling me and directing my life through the Holy Spirit.
You can use this prayer, which is in the outline, to ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit.
At our next meeting we will look at the results of living under the control of the Holy Spirit.