Ten Days of Prayer (Ascension to Pentecost)
Presented by Bishop Azad Marshall’s
Church Ministry Team
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” – James 4:8
We stand on the threshold of a season we celebrate every year in the Church calendar. Yet it comes and goes often without making any change in our lives. Sometimes, though it can come like a Tsunami and turn our world upside down.
Let us step into this 10 days of prayer, between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday as a time to thank our sovereign God that by the death of Jesus on the cross we have direct access into the presence of the Father, who longs for us to come and spend time with Him.
Today, Christ is interceding for His Church at the right hand of the Father. Think what this means for us.
Set aside some time to consider the incredible access we have to be able to join Him in interceding for ourselves and our Church. Think about the Holy Spirit, ushering you into His presence and making a place for you to enter that inner sanctuary where Father, Son and Holy Spirit commune. What a privilege and delight.
-God may do a new and deep work within our spirits;
-we may come each day with open minds and hearts to receive all that God would speak into our lives through His Holy Spirit;
-we may become more Christ-like and reflect His light in our daily Christian walk;
-our hearts may be prepared through this season of prayer to seek the fullness of the Holy Spirit;
-we would desire passionately to know the mind of God in all our ministries and when planning new Parish activities;
-may God change us from an inward-looking Parish to one looking out, reaching out in love. May we demonstrate in genuine love our care for others and share Jesus with them;
Pray that we may glorify God in everything.
Take time to reflect on the devotions, do not rush through them. Look for Jesus in them. That is precisely the work of the Holy Spirit. To point us to Jesus.
Make time to think on these things that are lovely and true and of good accord, because we believe that God is desperately trying to get our attention to prepare us for an outpouring of His Holy Spirit in the days to come.
“Behold! I make all things new” – Revelations 21:5
In the book of Acts, that first ten days spent in prayer and waiting on God, from Christ’s Ascension to Pentecost, were observed by the disciples in obedience to our Lord’s call to tarry in Jerusalem until they were endued with power from on high. (Acts 1:8). When God’s Holy Spirit was poured out on them at Pentecost their lives were transformed and they were empowered and emboldened to live and preach the Gospel. A new chapter in the history of God’s people was opened.
Come let us also wait on the Lord. Let us make the most of these ten days of prayer to meditate on the new covenant that God has made with us. Let us give the Holy Spirit complete and perfect access to our hearts, holding nothing back. In this we shall indeed receive the full blessing of Pentecost. Carve out of your business and self-sufficient reality, time to fill your heart and soul with His truth. Expect and long to walk away from the upper room on fire, dancing and leaping and praising God so the watching world may see Jesus and follow Him.
Pray that this Pentecost we will see a new chapter opens up in the spiritual life of a Parish/ Christian Community, and in the lives of all who join us in prayer and meditation.
Prayer: O Lord, who hast mercy upon all, take away from me my sins, and mercifully kindle in me the fire of thy Holy Spirit. Take away from me the heart of stone, and give me a heart of flesh, a heart to love and adore thee, a heart to delight in thee, to follow and to enjoy thee, for Christ’s sake. (Ambrose of Milan, c 339-97)
Day 1: 25th May – Thursday
The Holy Spirit and the New Covenant
Day 2: 26th May – Friday
The Holy Spirit
Day 3: 27th May – Saturday
The Holy Spirit Regenerates.
Day 4: 28th May – Sunday
The Holy Spirit indwells the believer
Day 5: 29th May – Monday
The Holy Spirit sanctifies us
Day 6: 30th May – Tuesday
The Spirit strengthens and edifies the Body of Christ
Day 7: 31st May – Wednesday
The Spirit empowers us for Witness
Day 8: 1st June – Thursday
The Holy Spirit Illuminates our minds
Day 9: 2nd June – Friday
The Spirit intercedes for us.
Day 10: 3rd June – Saturday