Waiting and Witnessing (Apr 29)

April 29

Waiting and Witnessing

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 61:5-8| Judges 9:22-10:18| Luke 24:13-53| Proverbs 14:11-12

Today’s Scripture Focus:   Luke 24 (NIV)  
[48] You are witnesses of these things. [49] I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:48-49 NIV). 

Jesus left us with a big job to do. We are his witnesses to the world. The message must be taken to all nations beginning in your hometown.

But we can’t do the job on our own. We need his power to be effective witnesses. Therefore Jesus tells us to wait and pray.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to fill and empower you. Pray for boldness. Pray for the words to say. Pray for open doors of opportunity.

Pray for God to be at work in those you talk to. Pray that they will be hungry for truth. Pray that they will be convicted of their need. Pray that God will be at work drawing them by his loving-kindness.

We are his witnesses. But we are not alone. Jesus has promised the Holy Spirit to be our helper and our guide. In his strength we can overcome our timidity and fear and be his witnesses.

Heavenly Father, fill me with your Holy Spirit. Empower me to be your witness. Open doors and make me sensitive to your leading. Fill me with love and compassion and help me to listen and serve. Give me the words that will point people to Jesus. Fill me today and use me. Amen.

About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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