This week's devotional thoughts are again from Andrew Murray's Power in Prayer. On Sunday we are celebrating Pentecost and so this excerpt seemed especially appropriate.
"God's giving is inseparably connected with our asking. He applies this principle especially to the gift of the Holy Spirit. As surely as a father on earth gives bread to his child, so God gives the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him. One great law rules the whole ministry of the Spirit: We must ask; God must give. When the Holy Spirit was poured out at Pentecost with a flow that never ceases, it was in answer to prayer.
"Of all the gifts of the early church to which we should aspire, there is none more needed than the gift of prayer - prayer that brings the Holy Spirit into the midst of believers. This power is given to those who say, 'We will give ourselves to prayer.'
"Prayer links the King on the throne with the church at His feet. The church, the human link, receives its divine strength from the power of the Holy Spirit, who comes in answer to their prayers. Where there is much prayer, there will be much of the Spirit; where there is much of the Spirit, there will be ever-increasing prayer. If prayer was the power by which the early church flourished and triumphed, shouldn't it be the same of the church today?"
From Power in Prayer by Andrew Murray
There are some challenging and encouraging things to consider in this brief passage, aren't there? This is a great time to remind you about three important prayer initiatives that we have at Freedom.
- Pre-Service Prayer - Sundays @ 9:00-9:30 - You are welcome to come early and pray in the sanctuary while the worship team rehearses.
- Deep Roots - Sunday, May 27 @ 6:00 - Spend time seeking God with others in your church family.
- Intercessory Prayer Team - Email firstname.lastname@example.org any time to send your prayer request to our prayer team. They would love to partner in prayer with you.
Can't wait for Pentecost Sunday!
School of Prayer: Teach Us To Ask
There is an interesting difference between Matthew 7 and Luke 11 when Jesus is teaching us how to ask and how good our Father God is. Matthew talks about "good gifts" while Luke defines those "good gifts" as someone very specific - the Holy Spirit. On Sunday we will take a look at these scriptures in light of the amazing events that took place on the Day of Pentecost. I'm looking forward to it. Come with an expectant heart! - P. Tracy