(Day 3 of the 9-day Pentecost Fasting and Prayers)
Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 9:20
Welcome to the third day of our Pentecost fasting and prayer novena. Go deeper in your faith and ignite your walk with the Holy Spirit. Today the Holy Spirit desires us to encourage you and light the fire placed within you to crave more for Him. Pray this prayer with us: “Father, I surrender full control of my life to You. I ask You even now to fill me to overflowing with Your Spirit, just as You have promised to do if I ask according to Your will. I ask this in the name of Jesus and believe that You are pouring out Your Spirit upon me right now. Thank You Jesus.”
A Christian author once wrote: “The Christian life, properly understood, is not complex nor difficult. As a matter of fact, the Christian life is very simple. It is so simple that we stumble over the very simplicity of it, and yet it is so difficult that no one can live it! This paradox occurs because the Christian life is a supernatural life. The only one who can help us live this abundant life is the Lord Jesus Christ who empowers us with His Holy Spirit.” Life in the Spirit is not just a seminar but a journey of life driven by the Holy Spirit. The greatest need of the church today is for a genuine spiritual revival. Yet we keeping asking the Holy Spirit to come because much is still needed to be done. We cannot do the needful if the Holy Spirit does not lead us. We cannot do the perfect will of God if the Holy Spirit is not totally in control. We cannot gain complete victory over sin if the Holy Spirit does not take charge. As a departing teacher might introduce the pupils to his or her “replacement”, so Jesus introduces us to the Holy Spirit. How we can live life in the spirit, is paraphrased thus:
· Walk in the Spirit. (Rom. 8:4) There is no shortcut to learning how to walk with the Spirit. It’s not just for ultra-spiritual people nor is it reserved for Charismatic Christians. Life according to the Spirit is not simply trying to do the right thing, nor trying to live according to God’s law. Walking in the Spirit is the central metaphor for describing what it means to live as a Christian. The person who walks according to the Spirit will in fact have the essence of the law fulfilled in his life.
· Set your minds on the things of the Spirit. (Rom. 8:5) The question: How does one overcome the pull of the flesh? sounds like an old riddle. How can someone extract all of the air out of a drinking glass? The most direct way to get all the air out of a glass is by filling it with something else. You cannot extract thoughts that displease God from your mind. Like [the solution to the riddle], you need to be filled up with thoughts—indeed with an entire mindset—that is oriented toward the things of the Spirit (e.g. Gal. 5:22-23). We shall continue tomorrow.
MASS: WHITE Acts 1:12-14; Ps 27:1.4.7-8a (R. 13); 1 Pet 4:13-16; Accl. Jn 14:18; Jn 17:1-11a
1. Begin your prayer with this song: “Holy Spirit, have Your way, Have Your way O…Lord, in my life, have Your way O…Lord.”
1. Pray for mercy and forgiveness.
2. “O God, grant me the grace to do what the Holy Spirit likes and abstain from what He dislikes in the name of Jesus.”
3. Anything hindering the power of God in my life, die, in the name of Jesus.
4. “Father, incubate me with the Fire of the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus.”
5. Fire of excellence from heaven, begin to burn in every area of my life, in the name of Jesus.
6. “O Divine Spirit, take control of my life in the name of Jesus.”
7. “Holy Spirit, let me be willing to be the clay in Your hands, ready to be molded as You desire in the name of Jesus.”
8. Take the prayer of “Spirit of the Living God” in the Book Amen: It is Done.
Exercise: Take the “Daily Consecration to the Holy Spirit” prayer in the Book“Amen: It is Done.
Meditation: Romans 8:4