(Day 4 of the 9-day Pentecost Fasting and Prayers)
Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:16
Welcome to the fourth day of our Pentecost fasting and prayer novena. Let us continue from our yesterday’s reflection:
· Put to death the deeds of the body by the Spirit. (Rom. 8:13) The person who has been regenerated by the Spirit is not stuck in sin. By the Spirit, the pull of the flesh can be resisted. To “put to death the deeds of the body” is pretty much the same thing as saying no to sin, but unlike the anti-drug campaign among youth many years ago, “Just Say No” by itself will never be successful. Just saying no will never allow you to consistently overcome sin. Then what must you do? You must say no by the Spirit. If you really want to overcome sin, then learn the pattern of living life in step with the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:16; Rom 8:4), being filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18) and setting your mind on the things of the Spirit (Rom 8:5-8). The result of such “walking” will be a realization of the power you need to put to death the deeds of the body by the Spirit (Rom 8:12-13).
· Be led by the Spirit. (Rom. 8:14) The Holy Spirit leads us broadly (always) and more specifically (sometimes). He always leads us through His written Word, which was revealed to the prophets by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter. 1:20-21) We are to prayerfully, carefully, and humbly apply broad biblical wisdom to the situations we face in our lives.
· Born of God by the Spirit. (Rom. 8:15-17) Without the Holy Spirit, we would never know our freedom and identity as God’s adoptive children. Thankfully, God has freely given us His Holy Spirit, and these verses from Romans 8 display three amazing things the Spirit does: 1. He acts as the go-between who takes us out of a place of slavery and fear and brings us into a place of adoption and acceptance. 2. He helps us to cry out to God as Father. 3. He testifies with our spirit that we are children of God.
· Hope in the Spirit. (Rom 8:22-25) The biblical concept represented by the English word “hope” is so strong that it is almost a synonym for “eager expectation.” The focus of the expectation isn’t that life will get better here; it is absorbed with the glorious life to come. What is the role of the Holy Spirit in all this? Rom 8:23 says, “We ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.” Paul claims that it is because we have the Spirit, not despite it that we groan. In this passage, it is precisely the presence of the Spirit within you that causes you to feel this particular kind of suffering—the longing for final redemption in the midst of a fallen world. In this way, the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives reminds us of the stark contrast between the wonderful things God has prepared for us who believe and this fallen world that is so full of sin, suffering, and futility.
· Pray in the Spirit. (Rom. 8:26-28) These two verses – Rom 8:26-27 – are so rich and helpful in our lives in the Spirit. The Spirit makes it possible for believers to acknowledge their weakness. He joins us in prayer when we come to prayer as He searches our hearts and fathoms exactly what we are supposed to pray for. The result is that our prayers are prayed “according to the will of God” because the Holy Spirit is moving us thus to pray and is presenting the prayers that He is guiding us to pray to the Father.
MASS: WHITE Acts 19:1-8; Ps 68:2-3.4-5ac.6-7ab (R.33a); Accl. Col 3:1; Jn 16:29-33
1. Begin your prayer with this song, “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me (repeat), Break me, melt me, mold me, fill me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.” (sing it until it captures your consciousness)
2. Let the Fire of the Holy Ghost consume all spiritual filthiness present within me in the name of Jesus.
3. “Holy Spirit, increase in me the hunger and thirst for You, in the name of Jesus.”
4. “Holy Spirit, heal every area of backsliding in my spiritual life in the name of Jesus.”
5. “Father, let Your Spirit fall on me afresh today in the name of Jesus.” (21 times)
6. Take the prayer of the “Litany of the Holy Spirit” in Section A.
Exercise: Pray earnestly for revival for all Christians that have backslidden in their fellowship with God.
Meditation: Numbers 11:16