Have you ever had one of those moments where you wondered, what came before? Or, to put it another way, have you ever wondered what led up before a particular event or celebration or special day? What about Pentecost? That’s what we celebrate in the church today but, what came before it? In going behind the curtains of Pentecost, we will know how to pray for Pentecost.
Praying for Pentecost Starts With Obedience
In some ways, it started when Jesus promised them the power of the Holy Spirit. We think specifically of just before he ascended in Acts 1, even though this was not the only time. Yes. They would receive the power of the Holy Spirit. However, even though Jesus was sending them throughout the earth, Jesus told them to wait in Jerusalem for the baptism of the Spirit. And so in many ways, Pentecost started with that promise and that instruction, and the obedience of the first disciples. Obedience. Very important to seeing the promises of God fulfilled.
Prayers for Pentecost Are Ongoing
The thing is, though, the disciples did not sit and stare at the walls. They prayed continually. In praying for Pentecost, obedience was coupled with continual prayer. Those disciples probably had no idea what Jesus meant by baptism of the Spirit. When you read Acts 1, you do not get a sense of a drawn out discussion on the matter. However, having understood that they were to wait in Jerusalem for this baptism, they gave themselves over to prayer. How to pray for Pentecost? Pray devotedly and steadily.
Prayers for Pentecost Are Surrendered
However, life goes on and in the midst of prayer decisions have to be made. In Acts 2, two people fit the criteria to replace Judas, but which one was the right one? Ah. Let us pray. And did they pray: “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place” (Acts 2:24–25). They recognized God in their prayer. They understood that God knew what they did not know—each person’s heart. Thus, they surrendered to God and turned the choice over to God.
Ultimately, prayers for Pentecost are about God. They do not bring the experience of the Holy Spirit any faster. However, they demonstrate obedience, are ongoing, and are surrendered. This is what preceded the first Pentecost where the move and baptism of the Holy Spirit was signaled by wind and tongues of fire. The disciples were then emboldened to go out and preach the gospel. This is what will precede our refreshing as individuals and as the church, and embolden us to declare anew to a world that needs to hear: This Jesus, who was crucified, is Lord and Messiah, able to save and set free (Acts 2:36).
Let us pray for Pentecost.
Experience the shift to clarity and peace through honest, surrendered, whole whole-hearted praying.