Day 20

Awaken Us: 40 Days to Fast & Pray – Day 20


“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

A key to revival and awakening is the power of the Holy Spirit, who gives us boldness to witness and share the Gospel with others.  Jesus was foretelling in this verse that pivotal moment in the life of the Church we see happen in Acts 2: the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, which resulted in the early believers being filled with such power that they spread the Gospel far and wide.

There are differing views held — many by sincere, committed believers — as to whether this Pentecost experience is one that we should seek today.  But make no mistake; we NEED the Holy Spirit to be effective witnesses for Christ.

Interestingly, the apostle Peter, who was one of those filled with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, was filled again in Acts 4:8.  He needed this empowerment to be strong enough to stand up to the very leaders that had crucified our Lord Jesus.  The Greek word for “filled” here gives the idea of being continually filled.  That tells me that this power is available constantly.

I need this “power from on high.”  And so do you.  As you’re praying this day, would you ask the Lord to fill you with the Holy Spirit so that you can be bold as a witness for the Lord and have the strength you need to meet the challenges of this day?

Terry Franklin

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