But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus. Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Peter and stayed with him fifteen days. (Galatians 1:15-18)

In his fine and balanced teaching The Gifts of the Spirit Are For You Today Dr. Walter Martin stated a general rule that no one is going to receive the Lord’s power living any way you please and sitting there with hands folded. As Jesus says in Matthew 7:7-11 one must keep on asking and keep on seeking and keep on knocking and the Gift will be given to you.

Here is a solid devotion from A.W. Tozer on seeking God’s best and His power. Tozer writes:

Nothing can prevent the spiritual rejuvenation of the soul that insists upon having it. Though that solitary man must live and walk among persons religiously dead, he may experience the great transformation as certainly and as quickly as if he were in the most spiritual church in the world.

The man that will have God’s best becomes at once the object of the personal attention of the Holy Spirit. Such a man will not be required to wait for the rest of the church to come alive. He will not be penalized for the failures of his fellow Christians, nor be asked to forego the blessing till his sleepy brethren catch up. God deals with the individual heart as exclusively as if only one existed….

Every prophet, every reformer, every revivalist had to meet God alone before he could help the multitudes. The great leaders who went on to turn thousands to Christ had to begin with God and their own soul. The plain Christian of today must experience personal revival before he can hope to bring renewed spiritual life to his church. The Size of the Soul, 15-16.

“Lord, I pray this morning the words of Jonathan Edwards: ‘Resolved… that all men would live for the glory of God; resolved, second…that if nobody else does, I will.’ Amen.” (Tozer on Christian Leadership, September 16)