And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. – Acts 2:21
The essential message of the Book of Acts is about the effect of the Holy Spirit’s arrival on a group of people who would be called “the church,” and their place in God’s mission in the world. A monumental and supernatural occurrence took place on the Day of Pentecost, wherein God gathered Jews and Gentiles, as one, and took up residence in the hearts of believers. God formed a new group – the first church. He did not leave them on their own. As promised, He sent His Spirit. Christ crucified, Christ buried, Christ Alive, Christ in His people – this was the culminating moment of Jesus’ redemptive work on the Cross as His Spirit descended on and took up residence in those who would call Him Lord and Savior. What did this mean for believers then, and what does it mean for believers today? It means that the Spirit of God works in hearts and lives to engage, equip, enlighten, and empower His church to do His work and live life on mission for Him, all for His glory.
As you pray this week, be ever so mindful of the Spirit’s leading. Trust the Spirit of God to place you not only in the path of someone who needs Christ, but also to empower you to engage in meaningful conversation with that person.
Use the following points as you engage in prayer.
- Praise God as Faithful Father, Jesus as Savior and Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit as the source of power and enlightenment.
- Repent from any disobedience or complacency that hinders God’s work in your life.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to help you discern the answer to the question, “What shall I do for the Kingdom of God?”
- Yield to the Spirit’s power and go where God leads you.
Director of Women’s Ministry, Prayer & Resource Specialist