“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
- Acts 1:8 NIV
Do you ever feel like you are not enough? Not enough for your job? Not a good enough parent for what’s going on with your child is right now? Not enough to make God happy with you or bless you in some way? Do you sometimes think He has given you an impossible task?
The Book of Acts opens with a group of people who felt that way. There were lots of issues they were facing: loss of work (they had left their jobs), an absent leader (Jesus), a leadership position to fill (Judas), and what probably seemed like an impossible task--be witnesses of Jesus’ death and resurrection to the ends of the earth!
Today’s verse shows us that Jesus didn’t just throw them into the deep end. And the good news for you--on this first day of our 21 Days of Prayer--is that He hasn’t thrown you into the deep end either. He didn’t say “go witness” or “go be a witness.”He simply declared “You WILL BE my witnesses” when His most empowering resource the--Holy Spirit--comes to you.
Who or what is the Holy Spirit? It is Jesus’ spirit. In Acts 16:6-8, the Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of Jesus. This means that God’s equipping power for you to effectively pray, parent, work and witness is simply this: Christ in YOU. You could reach the ends of the earth with the help of Jesus’ Spirit within you. So take heart. You are reading this prayer guide because these unemployed, under-led, followers of Jesus who were wondering, What’s Next?, chose to pray and be ready to receive the awesome power of His Spirit.
On this first day of your prayer journey, position yourself to join their number and do the same for yourself, your family, and our church.
[Upward] What did this passage reveal to you about God? Praise him for being that God.
[Inward] What did this passage bring up in you? Be honest with God about your questions and shortcomings, your fears and desires.
[Outward] What does this passage call me to in relationship to others in my world? Ask God to help you take your place in the new chapter of the Book of Acts that is being written in your life today.