After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. Acts 4:31 (NIV)
That is what I would like to be able to do. What’s that? I would like to be able to speak your word boldly. Why is that? I want to be used by you. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. I would like to see a multitude of people come to know and love and follow and serve you through the work you give to me. I am very tired of operating under my own strength. I know that I will not be able to go where you guide me and do what you ask me by functioning under my own power. No, you will not.
How do you think I will make you able to do the work I give you to do? You will empower me by your Holy Spirit living and moving and working in and through me. You know that? Yes, I know that. If you know that, then why do you not ask for that? I’m not sure what you mean. How often have you asked for my Holy Spirit to fill you? How frequently have you asked my Holy Spirit to move and work in and through you? Not nearly enough. Not frequently enough, of that I am certain.
What is more important your hard work or your hard prayers? I am sure that my prayers to you are far more important than the work that I might attempt to do for you. Don’t think that one is not needed. Both are required. But, what have you done? I have launched off on my own and used my best efforts to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. Is that all? Is there something else that might be out of alignment with my will and my ways? I suppose so. Tell me about it. I have frequently engaged in many solo efforts. I have not joined together with my fellow believers. Both not relying on my Holy Spirit and not working together with your fellow believers is not good. No, it is not.
What will you do differently? I will ask your Holy Spirit to fill and empower me to do your work. I will gather in prayer with my fellow believers to engage in the work that you have given us to do for you. That will be very good. Then you will be able to speak boldly for me. Then you will bear an abundance of fruit for my kingdom. Then a multitude of people will come to know and love and follow and serve me. That is what I want. That is the desire of my heart. That is very good.
Holy Spirit, here I am. I am waiting for you to fill me. I am waiting for you to empower me. I am asking you to powerfully use me. Help me to boldly speak the word of God so that a multitude of people will be able to come to know and love and serve God. Amen
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