“I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
JOHN 16:23

The first generation Pentecostals had a phrase that they used that speaks to us about the reality that they were experiencing. They used the terminology “praying through”. What they meant by this was quite revealing, they were saying to pray until the glory would come. Their practice was this, they would pray (primarily in the heavenly language) until the manifest, felt presence would come. This was where real prayer and ministry would be experienced, God would come down and begin to bring them into supernatural prayer.
In Jesus’ teaching on the Holy Spirit in John’s gospel, three times He referred to prayer and receiving whatever we desired. The conclusion is this, prayer is closely related to the moving of the Spirit. He anoints us to pray and our prayers draw down even more of His presence. In preparation for the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost the disciples gathered for prayer, a prayer meeting that lasted for ten days. At the fulness of time their prayers were answered, the Holy Spirit came in like a mighty rushing wind. Here is Andrew Murray describing the relation of prayer to the outpouring of God’s Spirit.

“In His final talk to His followers, Jesus described a new dispensation to them—the dispensation of the Holy Spirit in all its power. One of the great blessings of this dispensation would be that His children would now be able to pray down from heaven the power of God to bless the world. This promise is repeated several times (see John 14:13–14, 15:7, 16:23–26).
In the power of the perfect redemption which Christ accomplished, in the power of His glory with the Father, and in the power of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, believers would have the inexpressible privilege of asking what they desired from the fullness of God, and they would receive it. Everything is summarized in the promise, “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:14).”

So it seems that the day of Pentecost is God’s definition of “praying through”. Think about it for a minute, the disciples and closest followers had a prayer meeting, praying to receive what Jesus told them about, the Promise of the Father. On the tenth day the atmosphere changed, the room was suddenly alive. It was alive with God. Then there was this unbelievable sound, it sounded like a tornado or a cyclone. Then there was the fire, fire that looked like tongues on their heads. But the most amazing thing of all was the nearness and reality of God. It reminded them of what is was like to be with Jesus. Maybe it’s to pray, maybe it’s time to pray until He comes. Only then will we really no what those old timers meant when they said that they prayed through.


  1. THERE IS NO DOUBT when I have PRAYED THROUGH on a problem. I HAVE PEACE, JOY, CONTENTMENT AND A KNOWING THAT IT IS DONE AS FAR AS GOD AND I ARE CONCERNED (for that particular siege). That has NEVER MEANT that the PROBLEM was SOLVED at that INSTANT – only that the Holy Spirit had “used” my intercession at that moment as far as “we” can go. God does NOT go against a person’s WILL and some times THAT TAKES TIME TO bring people down to God’s size and willing to obey !!! Situations and Circumstances may even take longer depending on HOW MANY WILLS are involved in those situations and circumstances and HAVE TO BE CHANGED !!! I have had to stand by and watch (not rescue) my LOVED ONES GO THRU SOME HARD TIMES before THEIR wills were broken !!!!

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