Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
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The Conscious Waiting for the Holy Spirit Acts 1:12-14 Vs 14. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He instructed his disciples: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.” The disciples then waited in Jerusalem until Pentecost Day to receive the Holy Spirit. They used this waiting period as a time of preparation. During this time, they selected Matthias to be added to the eleven apostles so that he may “become a witness with [them] of [Jesus’] resurrection.” They also spent this time “joined together constantly in prayer.”
How can we consciously wait for the Holy Spirit? For starters, we must use the waiting time to prepare ourselves to receive the Holy Spirit into our lives. In the weeks leading up the birth of a child, an expectant mother goes through a nesting phase where she prepares a space to welcome her new child. She makes a safe and nurturing environment to bring her child into. Likewise, as we intentionally wait for the Holy Spirit, we must strive to create a safe and nurturing environment within ourselves to welcome the Holy Spirit into our lives.
We should spend time in personal prayer as well as community prayer. We must humble ourselves before the Lord and be willing to let the Holy Spirit into our lives. Charles Stanley once said, “Our willingness to wait reveals the value we place on the object we’re waiting for.” If we give the Holy Spirit a high priority in our lives, we should be willing to wait for the Holy Spirit patiently and wholeheartedly. Once we receive the Holy Spirit, we will have an “advocate to help us and be with us forever” (John 14:16)
Heavenly Father, we ask that you open our hearts and minds to receive the Holy Spirit. Help us to consciously wait for the Holy Spirit and prepare ourselves to welcome the Holy Spirit into our lives. In Jesus name we pray. Amen
Thought for the day “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
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