February 10, 2022
Always remember that the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ was born in a prayer meeting (Acts 1:12-14). The disciples returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, where they had just witnessed the most phenomenal event; right before their very eyes Jesus ascended into Heaven, to sit again at God the Father’s right hand in glory. But before He was taken up, He gave them instructions and a great commission. Their commission was to go into all the world and preach the good news, baptizing and teaching all nations in the Name of Jesus. That commission belongs to the Church – it’s for every Christian to obey. The instructions Jesus gave them were that they must go and wait in Jerusalem for the coming of the Comforter Jesus had promised them – the Holy Spirit. They must receive Him in all His fullness BEFORE attempting to carry out the great commission. Jesus had told them that the Holy Spirit would give them the power they needed to complete the task.
The Church today needs the power of the Holy Spirit. Without Him we cannot be all God intended for us to be. The extent to which a person opens up their life to the empowering of the Holy Spirit is the extent to which God can use them in His purposes. Because “It’s not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord.” What an awesome thing that the Holy Spirit is working through the Church right throughout the world today. The same Holy Spirit who revolutionized the early church and catapulted them into turning the world upside down with the good news of Jesus is still willing to work through us today. No one denomination has a monopoly on Him … no one country or place … He moves as He wills, and wherever people are seeking to receive Him. The Bible says to you today, “Be being filled with the Holy Spirit!” (Ephesians 5:18)
If we are ever going to see a spiritual awakening take place in our times – in the church of Jesus Christ, in Selma, Alabama- IT WILL ONLY COME ABOUT AS A RESULT OF PRAYER. “IF MY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME WILL HUMBLE THEMSELVES, AND PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, THEN I WILL HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN AND HEAL THEIR LAND.” (2 Chronicles 7:14.) Thom Rainer tells us in his book Giant Awakenings that “71% of breakout churches report an increased emphasis on prayer over the past several years as compared to only 40% of churches which continued on the plateau.” Rainer also tells us that “Earle Cairns notes with profound simplicity that ’prayer ranks first in the coming of revival.’” “In his study of prayer and revivals from 1726 to the present, Cairns notes that each renewal began with organized prayer groups. [He says] ’Prayer preceded the Scottish revival of 1742 and 1839. [And also] Moody, Chapman, and other nineteenth-century persons had many organized prayer groups praying for their work.” If you want to see God move in this church and in this community, then we have to pray. God bless you all!
In Jesus’ love,
Dr. Jerry Light