Praying on Pentecost and beyond!

by Gavin  

Praying on Pentecost and beyond!

This Sunday (15th May 2016) is Pentecost Sunday... 50 days after the Passover, and 40 days post-ascension.  We're still not back in Mark's Gospel, but are enjoying some strategic visits down some vital sidestreams... And so I'll be teaching through Pentecost on Sunday : what it is, and why it is important.

 

One of the key issues to grasp is that believers have full and final indwelling and empowering of the person of the Holy Spirit.  BUT... daily filling is still needed (Eph 5:18). He needs to take control of our thoughts, actions and behaviour.  We can, and should, be praying for that filling - for the Lord to graciously grant more of the functioning of the Spirit.  This Puritan prayer from the 17th century captures that kind of prayer wonderfully.

 

Pray this in preparation for Sunday.  Pray this often.  Pray for more of the Spirit to be seen in your life and ministry!

 

O HOLY SPIRIT,

As the sun is full of light,
        the ocean full of water,
      Heaven full of glory, so may my heart be
    full of thee.
Vain are all divine purposes of love
  and the redemption wrought by Jesus
  except thou work within,
    regenerating by thy power,
    giving me eyes to see Jesus,
    showing me the realities of the unseen world.
Give me thyself without measure,
  as an unimpaired fountain,
  as inexhaustible riches.
I bewail my coldness, poverty, emptiness,
  imperfect vision, languid service,
  prayerless prayers, praiseless praises.
Suffer me not to grieve or resist thee.
Come as power,
  to expel every rebel lust, to reign supreme
    and keep me thine;
Come as teacher,
  leading me into all truth, filling me with
    all understanding;
Come as love,
  that I may adore the Father, and love him
    as my all;
Come as joy,
  to dwell in me, move in me, animate me;
Come as light,
  illuminating the Scripture, moulding me
    in its laws;
Come as sanctifier,
  body, soul and spirit wholly thine;
Come as helper,
  with strength to bless and keep, directing my
    every step;
Come as beautifier,
  bringing order out of confusion, loveliness
    out of chaos.
Magnify to me thy glory by being magnified in me,
  and make me redolent of thy fragrance

{Excerpt from "The Valley of Vision" published by "Banner of Truth"]

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