Grand Sweep Daily
Acts 2:42-44 (NIV)
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.
It was a long and rainy ride to
We pulled into our hotel just before dark. Our family used to travel through
We had come to join hearts and hands with brothers and sisters around the world who are members of the Confessing Movement of the United Methodist Church, and to spend the evening in worship and prayer, as we prepare ourselves for our denomination’s upcoming 2008 General Conference. The prayer service was a profound and holy moment. We sat together in a large upper room. I joined hands with people I had never personally met, but knew of through their writing and work within the
Holy moments happen when believers gather together to pray. The Holy Spirit makes its presence known in simple things, like the sound of a person’s voice, or the tears welling up inside your closed eyes. One can feel the presence and power of the Holy Spirit when a humble heart seeks repentance and restoration, forgiveness and grace. I knew the Holy Spirit was falling on me, because I could feel the touch of His flame on my lips.
Pentecost is alive and well. It is not just a story told from long ago. The fire still falls on people who gather together to pray and seek God’s face in community with one another. I am always amazed at how individual members of the body can come together, join hands, and become one in heart and mind through Christ Jesus, our risen Savior and Lord. It is a miraculous work of the Living Word in our lives. We, who are many, are one body, united in Jesus Christ. We pool our gifts and resources together and offer them up to the Lord we love. This evening was a holy and precious moment that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
Are your lips burning today? Have you experienced the gift of the Holy Spirit while joining hearts and hands with a body of believers in prayer and worship? You have a special place in the body of Christ. You belong here, and I am saving a seat for you today at
Grace and peace,
Faith UMC -
Pray for: burning lips! When believers join together in one place, holding hearts and hands and raising one voice in praise, repentance and thanksgiving to Almighty God, the Holy Spirit falls down and makes us one body, united in Jesus Christ alone. Upper room moments are happening right now. Won’t you come and experience His presence in worship?
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