Christ was everything to the disciples. Even after His resurrection, He was their life, their only thought and their only desire. Was their devotion to Him something special? Or was it something the Lord asks from all those who desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit?
God indeed expects this devotion from His children even today. The Lord wants to give the Holy Spirit to all His children. He wants His children to link the world to the throne of God through intercession.
What is Christ to you—something, nothing, or everything? For the unconverted, Christ is nothing. For the half-converted, the average Christian, Christ is something. For the true believer, Christ is everything. Everyone who prays for the power of the Spirit must be ready to say. “I yield myself with all my heart this day to the leading of the spirit.” Total surrender is an absolute necessity, a question of life or death.
You must yield yourself totally to Christ, remain in Him, and obey His commands. This is the mark of discipleship. Children of God must know that the Father’s love and Spirit will rest on them when they long with all their heart to do His will. This will be the secret of power in our intercession for the church and for the world.
Andrew Murray, Daily in His Presence devotional, ‘Obedience’ October 7