Prayer and Surrender

 

(This was written originally as part of the Sabbath School Welcome Remarks last August 17. I substituted Bro. Vinz Matias on account of his wife, Queeny still being in the hospital. This was written 30 minutes before the actual delivery. Praise God! Whew!)

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Jesus was dead.

The disciples were downcast. Their master has died. They were now a band of men ,with no one to lead them. They felt like orphans. They were broken and alone.

Ironic how a band of men, hundred in number, felt so alone.

Then Jesus is alive.

It wasn’t a rumor.

It wasn’t a hoax.

The holes in His hands and feet were enough evidence.

6a00d83535401169e20120a7366613970bWhen Jesus came back from the dead, the disciples were so glad and amazed. He is truly the Messiah. Heaven truly came down and lived amongst us. Yet when He ascended up in the heavens they were even more amazed.

Now they probably felt the magnanimity of the task at hand. This knowledge that they met the true Messiah and has seen Him ascend the heavens should not be kept secret. Instead they should tell everyone.

But how?

Who would believe them?

They were craftsmen, fishermen and tax collectors. Nobodies.

True to His word, their Master sent the Comforter.

PENTECOST“On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:1-4, NLT)

The Bible was not as poetic in describing what transpired. Did they feel a warm feeling? Did they feel at peace? Did they feel shivers coming down their spine? Did they feel like they could move mountains and defeat alien robots?

The Bible does not say. What it does say was the attitude and actions of the disciples. They felt lost and no where to go. They were silenced by everything that transpired the day before. Yet instead of walking away, sobbing and feeling pity, they prayed and prayed and prayed. They offered themselves in total surrender to God. They totally gave themselves to the Holy Spirit.

After praying, they gathered together. Not just twelve but more than a hundred and twenty. They discussed and planned what to do. They replaced missing pieces of their team. Then they submitted their plans to God and God sent the Holy Spirit to empower them.

Their story tells us one valuable lesson.

who-am-iWhen we are at the lowest point in our lives, the best and only option that we could take is to surrender ourselves to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. There are no first or second option. Submission comes when we are at the lowest. It’s easier there than any other point in our lives.

The results are astounding. Moments after receiving the Holy Spirit, Peter and the disciples were able to transform the lives of thousands to believe in Christ.

“Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.”

Acts 2:41

Let us therefore surrender ourselves to the power of the Holy Spirit and let it transform us and inspire transformation in others.

I see that the Lord is always with me.
I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
No wonder my heart is glad,
and my tongue shouts his praises!
My body rests in hope.
For you will not leave my soul among the dead
or allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.
You have shown me the way of life,
and you will fill me with the joy of your presence.’

Acts 2:25-28

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