When they heard this, they were baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Paul placed his hands on them, and the Holy Spirit came upon them;
they spoke in strange tongues and also proclaimed God’s message.
They were about twelve men in all.
– Acts 19:5-7 (GNT)
You can experience the Holy Spirit the same way these early disciples did.
Whether you have been a Christian for a while
or have never believed in Christ before but have now started on your Christian journey,
you can receive whatever is missing in your experience of the life of the Spirit.
What happened to these disciples can happen to you.
When St. Paul placed his hands on these men,
they began to experience a new relationship with the Spirit of God.
It was the beginning of a new kind of life lived in a fuller power of God.
When we live in the Spirit, the Spirit prays in us.
We must allow Him to pray in us often during the day
– most times in our own language;
sometimes in other languages known to us;
and, at times, in tongues – a language which is unintelligible to us
and which comes from deep within.
Tongues is a gift of the Spirit,
freely available to all of us when we throw the doors of our heart wide open
to allow the Holy Spirit to take over.
It is a humble gift,
but it is also a humbling one, which draws us closer to God
because it allows us to really communicate with Him when simple words fail us;
when ordinary language feels totally inadequate;
when our heart wants to burst out into praise and prayer beyond what we can ever express.
Proclaiming God’s message is an extraordinary grace bestowed by God;
a gift that one should earnestly desire.
The message is the Word of God.
It is the gospel.
It is Jesus Christ promised and fulfilled.
It brings unbelievers and ordinary people to their knees, repenting and worshiping God.
We can only truly proclaim God’s message in our everyday life
when are walking closely with Him.
As we reflect and contemplate upon His awesome Word,
we will want, more and more, to speak of His glory
which we will experience in everyday happenings in our life;
and we will want to share His greatness
and pass on the Good News and message of hope to others.
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
My Lord, grant that all that I say and do
is in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.