A story is told of a young boy hearing for the first time the story of the Pentecost from his pastor. The pastor shared the events of the Spirit coming down and the disciples speaking in many languages. The young boy exclaimed: “Pastor, we must have missed that Sunday.”
Today is Pentecost Sunday. The Bible tells us that “Peter and John came down and prayed for the [disciples] that they might receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:15).” Pentecost is the time when the earth is renewed (Psalm 104:30), young people prophesy (Joel 2:28), followers of Jesus speak different languages (Acts 2:4), and forgiveness is proclaimed throughout the land (John 20:22-23). I see God’s Spirit coming when church members practice a life of forgiveness and compassion, young people go out protesting in the streets against violence in the land, and missions workers learning new languages in order to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
My prayer is that as you face this week of the coming of the Spirit of God, may you experience Pentecost again, and not be like that young boy who said: “We must have missed Pentecost Sunday.”
"The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit" (Romans 8:16).
Here is a prayer, a longing for the Spirit's coming, I want to share with you:
"Dear Lord, I want to see the wonders in the heavens above, and Your signs on the earth below.
I want to hear everyone who calls on Your name and love, and witness salvation, You bestow.
I long to be with the young people who see visions revealed today, and the grandmothers and grandfathers who dream of Your coming day.
My heart’s desire is to be there in the last days singing, and be here when Your Spirit comes pouring.
Dear Lord, I am praying.”
--(DWC, a prayer based on Acts 2:17-21)
God reigns, as the Psalmist reminds us. “All worshipers of images are put to shame, who make their boast in worthless idols; all gods bow down before him" (Psalms 97:7, RSV). Do we usher in God’s reign when we turn weapons of war to tools of peace-making?
I am sure the acts of remaking weapons of destruction to tools of nurturing life would involve a lot of suffering, as well as moments of power-sharing. Are you ready to suffer for Christ and to share in the Spirit’s power? Paul speaks of the witness of God’s Spirit in our hearts. He says: “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” (See, Romans 8:14-17)
"The Spirit renews the face of the ground" (Psalm 104:30, ESV). Let us go forth and nurture this earth, bring healing to our communities, and receive the Spirit when He comes pouring into our lives.