We are all familiar with Jesus’ command in Matthew 28:19 known as the “Great Commission.” This is where Jesus gives His final instruction before ascending to heaven. He told us to take His message of hope and salvation and carry it into our own neighborhoods and even to the ends of the world. Yet along with this instruction came a caution: “Wait for the gift my Father has promised.” (Acts 1:4-5) As we know from hindsight, the gift the disciples needed in order to accomplish Jesus’ command was the Holy Spirit.
On June 5, we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. This is the day where the Holy Spirit was first received by the followers of Christ. They had waited in Jerusalem in accordance with Jesus’ caution to them, and 50 days after the resurrection, the promised gift arrived. Jesus knew they would need to be equipped and empowered by His very own Spirit in order to share His truth in power and reach the lost.
This same principle holds true for us today! We have been infused by this very same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead (Rom. 8:11) and we must rely on Him to work in and through us to effectively share the gospel message with the lost. This month, let’s give prayerful attention to His ministry to all believers:
the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. John 14:17
~ Give thanks to God for the gift of the Holy Spirit within us.
~ Pray that the people of God would grow in our awareness
of His presence both within us and around us.
~ That Christ followers throughout our region would give
precedence to the Holy Spirit in our spheres of influence
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26
~ Pray that believers would maintain a teachable heart and
mind, willing to receive teaching, correction and
revelation from the Holy Spirit.
~ Pray that every disciple in our region would be willing to
take initiative and act upon the things that we receive
from His Spirit.
Peace and Purpose
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
~ In a world full of trouble, it takes intentionality to take hold
of the peace of Christ. Pray that we would know this
peace even in the midst of hardship. (Phil. 4:6)
~ Pray that when believers are tempted to doubt and fear,
that the strength of the Spirit would give us confidence
and continue to propel us forward.
~ Pray that God’s people would have a higher perspective
on our circumstances, trust God’s Sovereignty, and be
able to see opportunity and growth through the trials that
come our way. (Jam. 1:2-5)
Telling the Story
“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning. John 15:26-27
~ The role of every believer is to tell the story of who Jesus
is and what He has done in our lives. Pray that all
believers in our region would do this with boldness, and in
partnership with the Holy Spirit.
~ Telling our story often involves a level of transparency
that is outside our comfort zone. Pray that we would grow
in both the humility and confidence that Jesus
demonstrated, and be willing to share freely with those
who need to hear the gospel message.
~ Pray that as believers give testimony of Jesus, the
message would be received with grace and conviction,
leading to salvation of the lost.
Please pray with us that God would continue to awaken His Body to engage and invest in Kingdom advancing efforts throughout Southern New England. May God’s Kingdom come in our communities as it is in heaven!