Week Sixteen – the Age of the Spirit
After Jesus’ ascension we entered the “Age of the Spirit.”
Sunday, April 19
John 14:18 I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.
Prayer: Jesus, your children need you.
Thought for the day: The first and most effective no-child-left-behind program was found in the church.
Monday, April 20
John 20: 21, 22 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you. And with that he breathed on them and said “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
Prayer: O God, may your Spirit bring us peace this day.
Thought for the day: The very next verse, John 20:23, reminds us that the power of the Spirit came in the power to forgive.
Tuesday, April 21
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power 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.
Prayer: Jesus, may we who long for your spirit be you faithful witnesses today.
Thought for the day: A witness was someone who was prepared to lay his life on the line for the truth.
Wednesday, April 22
Acts 2: 33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.
Prayer: Jesus, unite us with you through the spirit as you are united with God in heaven.
Thought for the day: Though Jesus could feed multitudes during his earthly ministry, from his heavenly throne his blessings can reach countless numbers including us today.
Thursday, April 23
Romans 8:26 In the same way the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
Prayer: O God, when we are at a loss for words, your very spirit speaks well on our behalf.
Thought for the day: It is a well-known fact that IQ is not the only intelligence, and often emotional intelligence proves to be the more powerful of the two.
Friday, April 24
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Prayer: O God, may we in the spirit of your son bear fruit for you.
Thought for the day: Horticulturists have developed fruit trees that bear multiple fruits year round.
Saturday, April 25
I John 4:13 We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
Prayer: O Jesus, what a wondrous trust you bestow on us by giving us your Spirit.