DL Moody on baptism in the Spirit

“At the close of the service two women whom he had frequently noticed in attendance came forward and said they were praying for him, as they felt he needed ‘the power of the Spirit’. ‘I need the power! Why,’ said he in telling of the interview, ‘I thought I had the power! I had the largest congregation in Chicago, and there were many conversions. I was in a sense satisfied. But right along these two godly women kept praying for me, and their earnest talk about ‘anointing for special service’ set me thinking. I asked them to come and talk with me, and they poured out their hearts in prayer that I might receive the filling of the Holy Spirit. There came a great hunger into my soul. I did not know what it was. I began to cry out as I had never done before. I really felt that I did not want to live if I could not have this power for service.”

“My heart was not in the work of begging. I could not appeal. I was crying out all the time that God would fill me with His 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, I had such an experience of his love that I had to ask 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 would give me all the world – it would be as small as dust in the balance.”

D.L. Moody