Day 7 of the Fasting and Prayer Programme
Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 1:6
Today, the Bible strongly tells us to stoke the fire within us, to fan that flame to the point that the gifts of the Holy Spirit within us will be actively released to bless those around us.
The Living God gives the gift of Himself to those who are baptized. From the Spirit flows other gifts, some of which are for our personal sanctification while others are for the building up and support of the body of Christ. Many of the gifts are very familiar to us (wisdom, counsel, love) while others are somewhat foreign (healing, prophecy, tongues). Whatever our experience, the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for all Christians, and no one should think that the gifts are not for them. The varieties of the charisma of the Holy Spirit include: Wisdom — Resolves a problem that has been identified through a word of knowledge. Knowledge — Informs, warns, or exposes hidden things. It reveals the power of God in hidden things. Faith — The power to know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that what you ask for will happen. Healing — A gift to build up, encourage, strengthen, make new or whole an individual or group. Mighty Deeds — Direct intervention by the Holy Spirit in the natural order, i.e., instant healing or conversion. Prophecy — An anointed communication from God to give encouragement, reproof, inspiration or guidance. Discernment of Spirits — Allows one to distinguish between “spirits”, whether they are “good” or “evil” or whether it is the person’s own spirit at work. Variety of Tongues — Using a special prayer language provided by the Holy Spirit for communication with God (Note: this charism is the only one that is for the use of the individual). Interpretation of Tongues — The translation or interpretation of what was spoken by an individual in tongues. Child of God, Ben Witherington spoke these words: “What we need in this country is not just new missionary strategies. We need a revival by means of the Holy Spirit to sweep the land… No amount of plotting and planning and structure change and all of that good stuff, without a moving of the Holy Spirit, is going to get the job done. . . We need to get on our knees and pray for a revival of the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 22:30; 23:6-11; Ps 16:1-2a.5.7-8.9-10.11(R.1) Accl Jn 17-21, Gosp Jn 17:20-26 WEEKDAY OF EASTER
1. Dear Lord, as I look at my life, I realize I am not as on fire for You as I should be. Help me to see the true state of my heart and attitude, so that I will be moved to action. Show me the need to fan into flame those things You have given me, so that I can be of greater benefit to my fellow human being. Forgive me for allowing the fire of the Holy Spirit to burn low in my life. From this prayer on, I am going to stir myself, to stir up the gift of God, to fan into flame the things You have given me. I want to be a greater blessing in Your Kingdom! Thank You, Lord, for helping me to be just that. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Exercise: Take the “Pentecost Prayer for Clergies” in DSD. Pray for journey mercy for all those attending the National Pentecost Camping at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Ganaja, Lokoja tomorrow.
Meditation: 1Timothy 4:14.