Empowered (10 July 2019)

Morning Encounter:


On the day of Pentecost all the Lord’s followers were together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind!  It filled the house where they were meeting. Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions, and a tongue came and settled on each person there. The Holy Spirit took control of everyone, and they began speaking whatever languages the Spirit led them to speak.

(Acts 2. 1 – 4)


Jesus followers’ were bereft and frightened after he left them to return to heaven, but he’d promised them the Holy Spirit. Here we read of the Spirit coming in a dramatic and unmistakable way- with a noise like a gale, and the appearance of flames landing on each of them. As his followers today, we too are promised the Holy Spirit’s presence, power and protection.


Jesus said we should ‘ask’ for the Spirit. Pray for a fresh empowerment of the Holy Spirit today and for his life-giving presence.

Midday Meditation:

Please listen God, and answer my prayer! I feel hopeless, and cry out to you from a faraway land.  

Lead me to the mighty rock high above me. You are my strong tower, where I am safe from my enemies.

(From Psalm 61)

Evening Reflection:

Even in the darkest night, your teachings fill my mind. I will always look to you, as you stand beside me and protect me from fear. With all my heart, I will celebrate, and I can safely rest. 

(From Psalm 16)

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