Acts 1:8 – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Luke 24:49 – I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.
As a toddler of two, I discovered electricity. Noticing that my mother put the plug on the vacuum into the electrical outlet in the wall and that the vacuum then "came alive", I determined to find out what was in the wall which caused the formerly silent machine to roar to "life". So I took two bobby pins. Putting the first one in the wall while continuing to grasp it, I began to insert the second one into the other part of the socket. Needless to say, electric current began to flow through my tiny body. My guardian angel must have been watching over me because the second pin slipped a bit from my hand breaking the connection. But that momentary shock told me this was a force to be reckoned with!
The power of the Holy Spirit is a force to be reckoned with. Prayer is the plug into that power. Jesus told the disciples they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came. But first, they had to wait and pray. For forty days, they waited and prayed. Before the disciples could head out into the world all powered up, they had to spend time in prayer. Then at Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came and they were "all juiced up", but not with wine as some accused.
Prayer is the plug into the power. For the disciples back then, and for us today, prayer is the plug into the power. But that power is given for a purpose — not for personal aggrandizement. The power of the Spirit was given so that the story about the love of Jesus for us would be told.
Jesus said to tell the story. Wherever we are, whatever is going on, whether we're being harassed or not, Jesus said to blab about the good things God has done in our lives. We're to blab it out to anyone who will listen, and tell the people, God loves them. We can plug into the power by prayer, and get gabby about the Gospel — the good news that God loves us. Then we can show that love by what we do everyday.
Prayer: Mighty God, send your Spirit upon your people. Empower us to get gabby about the Gospel. Enable us to "put a plug in" for the good news about Jesus. Permit us to plug into your power so that this will happen. Amen.