When we open the book of Acts, we see the power of the Holy Spirit helping early believers proclaim the message of Jesus. Also, the Holy Spirit lives in and intercedes for believers when we pray. Disciples can pray in confidence knowing the Spirit allows them to speak directly to the Father (Ephesians 2:18). The Spirit intercedes for Christians beyond the power of their words and according to the will of God (Romans 8:26-27). We can still trust the Spirit's intercession and access to God to convey our own heartfelt needs to him. In addition, Paul reminds us in today's verses that we can rely on the Spirit's help when we are in front of non-believers. The Spirit will give us the words to speak so that we can proclaim the message of Jesus boldly, fearlessly, and clearly. Paul also reminds us of another way we can pray and release the power of the Spirit. We can pray for those proclaiming Jesus in hostile circumstances. Let's dedicate time at least one day each week to pray for those who give their lives to proclaiming the good news of Jesus. Let's pray that they declare the message of Jesus fearlessly as they are filled with the Spirit's power!
Almighty God, please give all of us the wisdom and passion for knowing what words to say and when and how best to share the message of Jesus with those around us. Today, I want to pray especially for those who are giving their lives to sharing the message of Jesus. I am particularly thinking of some that I know personally and ask you to bless them and empower them to know what to say and to proclaim Jesus fearlessly, clearly, and boldly. I ask your blessing on your servants of the Word.