Day 4 of the Fasting and Prayer Programme
Scripture Reading: Luke 4:16-19
A Russian saint of the last century, Serafino of Sarov said, “The true end of Christian life is the acquisition of the Holy Spirit. Prayer, fasting, vigils, charity, these are only means to acquire the Holy Spirit.” Brethren, on this fourth day of our 9-day Pentecost Fasting and Prayer, we should already be more conscious of the presence and activities of the Holy Spirit, and our need of Him. Listen to Jesus’ first public proclamation after His forty days in the desert: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed Me to bring glad tiding to the poor.” Our appreciation of the importance of the Holy Spirit’s presence and power, should arise in us a deeper yearning for His empowerment.
When you are empowered, you are enabled or permitted to do that which your ministry or role requires of you.This empowerment is not just for preachers, evangelists, or people who work in special ministry; rather, it is available to every believer who willingly surrenders moment by moment in submission and obedience to the Holy Spirit. God will not place you in a position or ask you to accomplish a task for which He will not fully equip and enable you.
Beloved, God wants to empower you through the power of His Spirit, to live the life of the Spirit bearing the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, which reveal the character of Christ in us. God wants to empower you through the power of His Spirit to bear witness to the Gospel. It is His power that emboldens us to carry out the work of evangelisation with results of conversion.
Child of God, if you desire from Jesus to be empowered by the Holy Spirit, then start asking, seeking, and knocking.
Acts 1:15-17,20-26; Ps 113:1b-2.3-4.5-6.7-8(R.8); Accl Jn 15:16; Gosp Jn 15:9-17
ST MATTHIAS, Ap. (FEAST)
1. Take the “Litany of the Holy Spirit” in “Amen: It is Done”.
Exercise: Take the “Pentecost Prayer for Clergies” in DSD. Join the Daily Strength Prayer Network(DSPN) every Tuesday early morning prayer session. (TIME:1.00 am to 2.00 am) Venue: Your Private Prayer Chamber.
DSPN Prayer Points:
1. Welcome to the first night of our strategic prayer of pulling down Jericho walls in our lives and families. Now if you have your thirteen blessed candles by a Catholic Priest, take one out them and light it on. This you will do for the next six DSDPN midnight prayer sessions. This is in line with the instruction of the Lord to Joshua in Joshua 6:2-5. Then on the seventh night, you are to light the remaining seven candles at the same time. (Note, that the candles should be left to burn out)
2. The first night of our strategic prayers,
i. Read Joshua 6: 1-27 and Pray meditatively with Psalm 44
ii. Pray meditatively the 5 decades of the Rosary
Meditation: Luke 1:35.