Jump to Prayer FocusBible Passage for Meditation: John 14:15-18
Key Verse: “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.” John 14:16
“Oh how I’d love to see You, hug You, and press my head close to Your chest,” I said to God in the silence of my thoughts one day, as I thought of the invisible Friend He promises to send to comfort us.
“Please, Lord, give me a hug! I know You are here,” I whispered again, as tears began to roll down my cheeks. It was a difficult time. Tough trials were overwhelming my heart. Tired and weary, I fell to my knees and asked my invisible Friend for comfort. It was then that I felt His arm around my shoulder; He dried my tears and gave me consolation. What a sweet experience to know that He was near.
While we may not always feel His presence as I did that day, we have the assurance that we are never alone. He is the One who always walks with us, the One who never fails.
The Bible tells us, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever” (John 14:16).
I must confess that in earlier years I didn’t really understood the role of the Holy Spirit and how He affects my life personally. But during a retreat with friends, the truth came home to me.
I still remember the pastor who spoke. He talked about the Holy Spirit and introduced Him to us all as a Person, as a Friend. That sermon never left my mind, and since then my life has changed. Every day I now ask for His presence in greater measure. I’m not satisfied with just a little of His presence. I want to be filled and overflowing, so when I beg the Father for His Spirit, I ask for a double, triple, or quadruple portion. What wonderful days I’ve had as God has answered this prayer in my life.
The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit accomplishes many roles in our lives. For example, He regenerates (John 3:5); He convinces us of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11); He guides us into all truth (John 16:13); He glorifies Jesus and teaches us (John 16:14, 15); He fills us with power (Acts 1:8); He sanctifies us (1 Corinthians 6:11, 17); and He dwells in us (1 Corinthians 3:16). This divine Person of the trinity makes us complete, and without Him we can do nothing. Because of this, we need to be baptized afresh daily.
I have good news. For those who are seeking, God promises to supply. “Morning by morning, as the heralds of the gospel kneel before the Lord and renew their vows of consecration to Him, He will grant them the presence of His Spirit, with its reviving, sanctifying power. As they go forth to the day’s duties, they have the assurance that the unseen agency of the Holy Spirit enables them to be ‘laborers together with God’” (The Acts of the Apostles, p. 56).
In the past, I didn’t understand my need of the Holy Spirit. Now I can’t imagine my life without Him. If I become distracted by the world and lose His presence for even a few moments, I immediately notice the loss and become desperate for His return. The One who was once distant and misunderstood in my life has now become my closest Friend. He wants to be your Friend too!
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Dear Father, we have no words to thank You for the wonderful, true promise of the Holy Spirit, but we can accept it by faith with the hope of receiving it each time we come before Your holy throne. That is why, at this moment, we ask that You fill us with Your Spirit, the only One who can guide us to You. Thank You, Lord, because we have received it, and we’re not asking for a little. We want more. Now, wonderful Holy Spirit, guide us to all truth, comfort us in our times of pain, convict us of sin, renew our sinful and selfish hearts, and with Your forgiveness give us power, so we may have great victories on this day in Jesus’ name. Thank You for listening to our prayers, our Loving Father. Amen.
By Carolyn Azo
Guest contributor from South American Division, Communications Department