Jesus entered the wilderness after his baptism for 40 days of fasting as a way of preparing himself for the ministry that was to come. He spent time in prayer, aligning himself with God and his life on earth. If Jesus needed to do it, so do we.
Fasting and prayer are not a magical formula for hearing from God. When Jesus went into the desert to isolate himself and spend time with God, he was tempted. At the time when he should have been the closest to God, he received his strongest temptations. He survived those temptations though because he was focused on God's will for his life.
Jesus entered the dessert "full of the Holy Spirit" but left being "filled with the power of the Holy Spirit." This may seem repetitive, but the slight change in words here, according to Stoval Weems, emphasizes the difference in the strength and authority to walk in God's will in our lives.
The Holy Spirit is the second most significant gift God could have given us, the first being the sacrificed of Jesus. The Holy Spirit provides us with the power to resist sin in this world, to commune with God, and to know God's will for our lives.
Many times as Methodists, we forget the strength of the Holy Spirit, often overlooking his role in our life. The Holy Spirit is the one that calls us to repent of our sins in the first place, helping us receive God's grace and forgiveness. The Holy Spirit walks with us every day, helping us live a holy and sanctified life. He wants nothing more than to see us become the person God wants us to be.
Thoughts to consider:
- Where in your life have you been taking the Holy Spirit for granted?
- How might you call upon the power of the Holy Spirit this week?
- What are the spiritual gifts that God has given you to help with your assignment in life (1 Corinthians 12)?
- How do we live today as people who have the Kingdom of God on earth (Matthew 6:9-10)?
- How did Jesus' fasting and prayer help him walk in the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:1-13)?
- Following the example of Jesus, what is God calling you to do as your next assignment in your life?
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