1 “And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.
3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephan, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:
6 whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed,they laid their hands on them.”
The burden of my heart concerning the Holy Spirit is that we may become people of prayer, when the Holy Spirit has come upon us….
Communion with God, a love for prayer, for contact with Him, is one of the outstanding features of a person who is filled with the Holy Spirit.
Let us make a comparison:
In the crises moments in the life of our Lord Jesus, when He was about to pay the supreme price, the price we may never be able to fathom- when He paid the price of His precious blood upon the cross of Calvary. He the creator was confronted by Satan the opposer. His sweat became blood as the honour of God was at stake. What a crises! On Him rested all the sin of humanity…. Nevertheless, He had also become human and therefore He needed support, and He took three of His disciples to go further with Him into the garden to pray. They fell asleep, for they could not pray for an hour.
Now can you see what Pentecost came and did for us? In Matthew 26:40 Jesus asked them if they could not even watch with Him for one hour! And in such a time?
40 “And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?”
But they had not yet received the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples on Pentecost however, they had an urgency to pray (Acts 1:14 and Acts 2:1).
14 “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.”
1 “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in place.”
By this time they had been together in prayer for 10 days…. This was the difference that the Holy Spirit had brought about.
May the Lord pour out His Spirit upon us afresh….