Day 3 of the Fasting and Prayer Programme (NO FASTING)
Scripture Reading: Acts: 1:1-5
Jesus said, “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” First century Christians, controlled and empowered by the Holy Spirit and filled with His love, turned the world upside down for Christ Jesus.
Obviously, you cannot, in your own energy, accomplish these great works. It is Christ Himself — living within you in all of His resurrection power, walking around in your body, thinking with your mind, loving with your heart, speaking with your lips — who will empower you with the Holy Spirit to do these great works. It is not your wisdom, your eloquence, your logic, your good personality, or your persuasiveness which brings people to our Saviour. It is the Son of Man, who came to seek and to save the lost, who sent His Holy Spirit to fill and empower you.
“You will receive power,” He said, “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.” By these words, Jesus was suggesting, “Though you have been with Me for 3 years and more, it is not enough that you have heard Me teach the multitudes, and have seen Me heal the sick and even raise the dead. You need to be empowered with the Holy Spirit in order to be effective and fruitful as My witnesses throughout the world.”
The Christian life is a great adventure. It is a life of purpose and power. Jesus said, “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” As the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, they received divine, supernatural power that changed them from fearful men to radiant witnesses for Christ. They were used by God to change the course of history. And this same omnipotent power, the power of the Holy Spirit, is available to you to enable you to live a holy and fruitful life for Jesus Christ.
Acts 1:15-17.20a.20c-26; Ps 103:1-2.11-12.19-20ab (R.19a); 1 Jn 4:11-16; Accl Jn 14:18; Gosp Jn 17:11b-19 SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (B)
Prayer Points:
1. Pray for those who have heard the word but have refused to repent; that God would open their hearts to the wisdom of the Gospel of light.
2. Pray for our brothers and sisters who are backsliding in the faith.
3. Pray for the strengthening of new converts to Christianity and for those facing persecutions because of their faith in Christ, especially Christians in most parts of the world.
4. Take the “Prayer to the Holy Spirit” by St. Augustine in “Amen: It is Done” (pg. 21).
Exercise: Take the “Pentecost Prayer for Clergies” in DSD. Plan to be part of the National Pentecost Camping taking place from the 18th to 20th at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Ganaja, Lokoja.
Meditation: Act 1:8.