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That was the focal point of his message: go to the upper room with God, and pray. Pray for the Fire of God; call the Fire down. That’s what we should all do. If we spend time in the upper room, praying in the presence of God, God will power us up. He will drop the Fire of God on us, granting Spiritual growth and more Grace power.


Hello Readers, hope all’s well. Time for another post.

Today I want to briefly share with you a message I heard in a sermon about a month ago. This sermon spoke to me enough that I took action afterward by going on an impromptu fast for about a month. So today I’m sharing it with you. Although it loses much of its effect being relayed secondhand, perhaps you’ll get something from the message. And that’s all that matters.

This sermon was about drawing closer to God, to receive more of His power, the Fire of God. It’s about asking God to burn away the obstacles before us so we can produce more fruit in our lives. In short, it’s about asking God for HELP.

The Upper Room

About a month ago like I said, a guest pastor gave a guest sermon at our church. It was a special presentation. In his explanation of what it means to call down the Fire of God, he used a passage from Acts 1. This is when the Disciples return to Jerusalem and they all go to the upper room where they were staying. They stayed in the upper room and devoted themselves to prayer.

(12) Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem—a sabbath day’s journey away. (13) When they entered the city, they went to the upstairs room where they were staying. Peter, John, James, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James, Alphaeus’ son; Simon the zealot; and Judas, James’ son— (14) all were united in their devotion to prayer, along with some women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

Acts 1:12-14 (CEB)

It was the part about going to the upper room and praying that the pastor focused on. This upper room concept today is about going to a secluded place to be in the presence of the LORD, and pray to Him there. When we talk about the upper room now it’s not a literal upper room, or at least it doesn’t have to be.

He emphasized what an advantage it is to be able to go to the upper room. To be able to enter into the presence of God our Father, and speak to Him. That’s the privilege we have as Children of God. And we can call down the Fire of God, like the Disciples did.

That was the focal point of his message: go to the upper room with God, and pray. Pray for the Fire of God; call the Fire down. That’s what we should all do. If we spend time in the upper room, praying in the presence of God, God will power us up. He will drop the Fire of God on us, granting Spiritual growth and more Grace power.

We have not because we ask not, the pastor said. If we ask for the Fire of God, we get what we ask for. Once God hits us with the Fire, there should be fruit in our life, so much fruit that we can bless others. But first we need to retreat to our upper room in prayer and ask for it. God just wants us to go to the upper room; He wants us to approach and ask for what we need. That way He can hit us with the Fire and create real change in our life, to show His fire is greatest of all.

The Wisdom to Break Free

All this year, I’ve been fighting a horrible, painful, exhausting, depressing, and isolating addiction battle. By the Grace of God I’ve successfully eliminated so many addictions out of my life so far. But this battle is against what I call my ‘final’** or ‘ultimate’ addiction. It’s tougher than any other battle I’ve ever faced in my life. I am often defeated in the battle against this addiction, no matter how hard I pray, no matter what I do or how hard I try.

**I have to put ‘final’ in quotes because we all have our vices as long as we inhabit this corrupted flesh in this fallen world. But even if it’s not actually the last addiction, it is the one I struggle with the most.

The day I went to hear this sermon, I had suffered a horrible relapse earlier in the day. I was, once again, feeling ashamed, dejected, disappointed, sad, and angry all at the same time. I hate relapsing in this battle, but I very often can’t stop doing it.

My lack of progress in this battle is so frustrating, and I’ve been fighting it for two years. I often despair over my lack of progress and freedom, despite much fervent prayer and also fasting. Nothing has worked long-term, so far. I definitely feel stuck in this addiction.

But after hearing this sermon on calling down the Fire of God, I knew I needed to take new, decisive action. I started fasting the very next day, which lasted about a month. It was some intensive fasting, actually.

More importantly, I went to the upper room every night to pray. I made a habit of it, which continues to this day. At the end of each day, I go upstairs to a literal upper room** to talk to God. I go to the upper room and pray for help, I ask for the Fire of God. Holy Spirit Grace power.
**Keep in mind you don’t need one for this—you only need to find a secluded place where you can approach the LORD.

So I started praying to God for help. What I got was knowledge, Wisdom. I’ve often said God curates my reading list, moving me to read certain books at the right time. After going to the upper room to pray, God directed me to two books that have given me new, vital insight into the roots and origin of my addictive behavior. He hasn’t simply reached out and delivered me with a miracle. Not yet. But He has given me new and important knowledge I didn’t have before, Wisdom which will be key to fighting this addiction.

Though my fasting ended a few weeks ago, I still go to the upper room and pray every night. I still ask for the Fire of God, to burn away all the things holding me back from producing great fruits for the LORD. I keep reading, and I’m still following the path of study and knowledge the LORD has set before me. I know this is the slow, long road that will lead to true freedom in the end.

That’s what I’ve gotten so far, from my experience of going to the upper room each night to pray. Before I can get the real Fire of God and start impacting the lives of others, I have to get myself right first. And God is helping me to do that.

So what will God do for you, if you go to your upper room to call down the Fire of God on yourself?? What will God do for you, and how will He help you with the battles you face??

If you want to find out, you have to go to the upper room to pray, and call down the Fire of God. Pray, fast, wait, and have Faith.


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