#carmelprays – Acts 1:1-11
Opening Song: Come People Of The Risen King
Read Scripture: Acts 1:1-11
This passage reminds us that the work of Christ is both finished and unfinished. Christ died on the cross, bringing us full and complete salvation. Yet, there is still work to be done. As Christ ascends, He charges the disciples with the duty to continue His ministry here on earth. The disciples must have struggled with feeling inadequate or unprepared. In the gospel accounts, they had repeatedly failed Jesus and abandoned Him in His hour of need. Their leader, Peter, had even recently denied Jesus three separate times. How could they continue the ministry of their perfect leader, Jesus Christ?
Christ provides two important sources of encouragement as He charges the disciples with this daunting mission. First, He assures them of His resurrection (v3). This was a central part of the message that Jesus’ followers were to preach and was also an important encouragement for them. By assuring them of His physical resurrection, He assured them that what they preached was true and valuable. Second, Christ promises them an important comfort in the form of the Holy Spirit (v8). The Holy Spirit will grant them power and enable them to witness in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. They are to be comforted by the fact that they are not alone as they proclaim Christ.
Do you feel inadequate? Do you feel unable to take on the mission that Jesus has charged all believers with? Do you feel alone? In a time of COVID-19, fear, uncertainty and loneliness are exacerbated. We often worry about our day to day needs and suffer through loneliness and stress. Yet, we do not struggle without hope and we do not struggle alone.
We rejoice and take courage from the fact that Jesus rose again. In doing that, He conquered an enemy far greater than COVID-19, financial struggle or loneliness. Christ conquered death itself and in doing that, He purchased eternal life for us. In light of that, we always have hope. No matter what comes our way, if we look to the cross, we will see true victory and a wonderful future.
Further, we too, like the disciples have the Holy Spirit in us. The Holy Spirit grants us the power to serve Christ, to value Him and to worship Him. If you feel powerless or afraid today, pray that God makes you aware of the power that you have in the Holy Spirit. Realise that as a Christian, you are never alone, helpless or worthless.
Pray in Response
Our Loving Father in Heaven, thank You for Your love, mercy and truth made manifest in the Risen Christ. Thank You that through Christ, I have a reconciled relationship with You, complete salvation, and shalom in Your presence daily.
Although I may sometimes feel inadequate, alone or abandoned, the risen Christ confirms Your promised Presence and the gift of Your Holy Spirit upon all believers. Lord have mercy, and help my unbelief. Today, I choose again to turn to You and trust in Your words. To live by faith, and not by what I see or feel.
Your Holy Spirit is welcomed in my life to comfort, empower and teach me. Have Your way in my life, lead me in Your ways for Your glory. And open my eyes to see and recognise Your glorious works in my life and the situations around me. Amen.
Response Song: Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus
By Darren Sim