A Turning Point

Sunday, May 19, 2024
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A few years ago, our family was finishing up a meal at a restaurant. My husband and I were visiting our eldest son who had just started a new job at Adult and Teen Challenge, which rehabilitates those struggling with drug or alcohol dependency. Chris was in charge of a group of men who were putting their lives back in order. They cooked meals, chopped and delivered wood, and studied the Bible together. As Chris described his responsibilities as a leader, we sensed that he was struggling with his job. As he talked, he began to sound more and more overwhelmed. The atmosphere in the quiet restaurant began to feel gloomy and oppressive as we listened to the frustration in his voice. I could feel the insurmountable negativity that my son could not shake off.

We should pray, I thought, but I didn't know how to pray.

I knew that it was God's will that our son do his job with faith and confidence. He had all the resources of heaven at his disposal. Somehow, momentarily, he had taken his eyes off God, and was bogged down in inevitable challenges. But how to put this into words?

Romans 8:26 – And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don't know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. (NLT)

I began to pray quietly under my breath, using the words of the prayer language that Jesus had given to me when I was baptized in the Holy Spirit:

Romans 8:27 – And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God's own will. (NLT)

Although I didn't understand my words, God did, and as I prayed, the atmosphere in the room began to change and lighten. Our son stopped his negative talk. There was a definite turning point in his demeanour.

Acts 1:8a – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere. (NLT)

The day of Pentecost was a turning point for the early followers of Jesus. As the believers met together, "everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages." (Acts 2:4 NLT) From that day on, the disciples went forward in power and boldness. A turning point in my life came when I was filled the Holy Spirit.

As believers, Jesus already lives in us through the Holy Spirit. Ask the Lord to fill you, to baptize you with His Spirit for power and boldness to witness for Him. Ask Him to give you a prayer language for those situations when you don't know how to pray.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Holy Spirit. Thank You that through Him we can have power and boldness in our Christian lives. Fill us to overflowing we pray, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Alice Burnett <terrencera.burnett@gmail.com>
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the encouraging words, Alice.

    Very good. So important. Thanks so much and may God bless you always.

    Thank you, Alice for sharing such a good example of the Holy Spirit at work in your life.

    Absolutely loved it. Just what I needed for today. Thank you for sharing it with me.
    In Jesus

    Thank you for sharing the power of the Holy Spirit with us on this Pentecost day,

    Praise A Lu ya!! I love your devotional and Thank God for my heavenly prayer language also.
    I pray God’s continued hand upon your precious son and all he ministers to.

    Thank you, Alice, for your encouraging story and message. How great is our Lord!
    Blessings on your day.

    Good morning, Alice,
    Good words of truth on this Pentecost Sunday.
    Thank you so much and may the Lord’s blessings be on you and yours on this day.

    Thank you for writing a perfect message for Pentecost Sunday.
    As John writes to encourage and remind us, “…greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1John 4:4
    Keep on with your good writing. Much appreciated.

    Thank you, Alice, for this very appropriate devotional for today… Pentecost Sunday. And thank you, editor, for including it. We need to have that power that Jesus promised to help us, especially in these days we are living in. May God give many that power today. Praying for it to happen all over the world today.

    Thank you, Alice, for another of your interesting and most meaningful devotionals. Yes, there are times when we pray we are not sure how to express what is on our mind, but the Lord knows, and truly amazes us at His answer. When we see our children in distress about certain situations we are concerned, and our prayers do become priority for them. Blessings for the writings you do.

    That is SUCH an encouraging testimony, a real-life example of how God’s promise never to leave us really is true. The prayer language of which you speak is an awesome tool’. I don’t hear many of my friends speak of it, so again, your story is a breath of fresh air for me. May the Lord bless your sons ministering in every way; and May HE bless your whole family as each one serves in his own calling.

    HI Alice, Well, now, of course, I want to know the rest of Chris’ story. Our kids and grandkids rather amaze us, surprise us, disappoint us, and make us proud, right? On Mother’s Day I received a phone call from our youngest grandson, who is in the full swing of being a high school graduating senior. He said, ” it’s Mother’s Day and I wanted to be sure to wish you a happy Mother’s Day.” Of all the grandchildren in the world…..well, you know what I mean.
    In my heart I know Chris is doing well and has the full support of you, his wonderful parents.
    Thanks for the devotional, Alice.

    Thank you for your courageous and encouraging devotional.
    I have longed for a larger measure of the Holy Spirit in my life for about 40 years. (I’m in my 60’s) I could tell you all the things that didn’t work for me. Meanwhile, I keep studying my Bible, praying in my own feeble way, going to church, volunteering, and living a life that honours God in what I say and do, to the best of my own ability. Knowing my service is as dirty rags compared to God’s righteousness.
    My understanding of God’s love and how God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit work together but each have their own job was what I learned recently in Bible studies.
    Treasure your spiritual gift, or gifts.

    Amen and amen! To God be the glory! Blessings.

    Thank you, Alice, for this encouraging example of the power of prayer.

    Thank you, Alice; we face situations, use our brains to work out solutions in the human realm, and miss God’s blessing. God has given you some unique gifts and you are using them…
    Peace be with you.

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