Posted by: pastortomvabeach | March 19, 2013

Thought for the Week March 24, 2013

Last week I mentioned how moved I had been by a discussion at our Sectional Ministers’ meeting regarding our experience of the power of the Holy Spirit. As I’ve been thinking about that this week, I remember one of the pastors who spoke talked about making room for the Holy Spirit to show up. That is something we do by waiting on His presence in our services but it’s more than that. I think we need to make room for Him in all of our activities in life.

With that in mind, what would happen if; when we are chatting with others at church, in our homes, over meals, in other formal or informal get togethers, and even in the market places in life, what would happen if; whenever someone mentioned a need, a problem, a worry, etc., if we stopped right there and made room for the Holy Spirit by praying for them? In my mind I envision little pockets of people, maybe just two, or maybe half a dozen or more, laying hands on each other, calling on the grace and power of the Lord Jesus Christ at the moment and point of need. Why wait until an altar call?

How often do we hear someone mention a pain, a trial, a financial setback, a family concern, or whatever, and respond with compassionate words but let it go without turning it over to the Lord? I wonder what He would do if we began to fill heaven’s corridors with the prayers of the saints regularly? Could James words, You do not have, because you do not ask (James 4:2), be paraphrased, the Holy Spirit doesn’t show up, because you don’t give Him an opportunity?

Would you join me and give it a try? Watch for opportunities to make room for God’s power to show up. Listen to conversations you are having. When you hear about a need that God can meet, ask if you can pray. Be bold. I’ve never had someone turn me down when I asked if I could pray for them (at least I can’t remember being turned down). Let’s make prayer our first response and first choice in how we do business.

Then we can stand by and trust God to be true to His Word and promises. This is what happened in Acts 4:23-30. Peter and John had been held in jail for preaching Jesus. Their captors released them with orders to stop preaching. When they returned to where the rest of the church was gathered they reported the entire situation. As soon as they heard it they began to pray (v. 24) and call upon God to show up with His mighty power. What happened next? When they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:31)

I believe that if we will make prayer our starting point in every interaction, the places where we meet will be shaken by the power of the Holy Spirit. We will begin to see our lives filled with His presence and be encouraged with great boldness to speak His word and praise. These are some things I’m thinking. Let’s turn that into some DOING!

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