Lord, Send the Old Time Power
Dwight L. Moody was one of the most powerful preachers that God ever created. Here is Moody telling about the filling of the Holy Spirit in his life that transformed his life.
“I remember two holy women who used to come to my meetings. It was delightful to see them in the congregation. When I began to preach, I could tell by the expression on their faces that they were praying for me. At the close of the Sunday evening service they would say to me, `We have been praying for you.’
“I said, ‘Why don’t you pray for the people?’
“They answered, `You need power.’
“‘I need power?’ I said to myself.
‘Why, I thought I had power.’ I had a large Sunday school and the largest congregation in Chicago. There were some conversions at the time. I was, in a sense, satisfied. But right along these two godly women kept praying for me, and their earnest talk about being anointed for special service’ set me to thinking.
“I asked them to come and talk with me, and we got down on our knees. They poured out their hearts that I might receive the anointing from the Holy Spirit, and there came a great hunger into my soul. I did not know what it was. I began to pray as I never did before. I really felt that I did not want to live if I could not have this power for service. The hunger increased. I was praying all the time that God would fill me with His Holy Spirit.
“Well, one day in the city of New York—oh, what a day! I cannot describe it; I seldom refer to it; it is almost too sacred an experience to name. Paul had an experience of which he never spoke for fourteen years. I can only say that God revealed Himself to me, and I had such an experience of His love that I asked Him to stay His hand.
“I went to preaching again. The sermons were not different; I did not present any new truths; and yet hundreds were converted. I would not now be placed back where I was before that blessed experience if you gave me all Glasgow, —it would be as the small dust of the balance.
“If we are full of the Spirit, anointed, our words will reach the hearts of the people—we need the filling always, and if we are filled with the Spirit, there will be no room for Satan or self. If we are filled with the Spirit and full of power, one day’s work is better than a year’s without. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to get the secrets of eternity and reveal them unto us. My work is to preach, and the Holy Spirit convinces of sin.”— (D. L. Moody).