Father in Heaven,
Luke 4:1 says that your Son, our Savior, the Lord Jesus was "full of the Holy Spirit" and "led by the Spirit". Full of - and led by - the Holy Spirit. I love it, Lord. How glorious. How wonderful. Lord Jesus Christ, you conquered sin and lived a perfect life through the person, presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Your incarnation (Luke 1:35), your baptism (Matthew 3:16), your temptations (Luke 4:1-2), your miracles (Matthew 12:28), your cross (Hebrews 9:14), and your resurrection (Romans 1:14) - every step of the way - the Holy Spirit indwelt and assisted you. And perhaps the greatest wonder of all is that you say the Holy Spirit of God - your ever-constant comforter, your ever-present empowerer, is to be ours as well. In fact, it is to our advantage that you asecended to your Father, for now the Helper, the Holy Spirit comes. You have indeed asked your Father, and he has graciously given him to us (John 16:7).
O Sovereign, Spirit-filled and Spirit-let Christ...pour out your Spirit afresh on us this season. May we of Mound Evangelical Free Church keep in step with the Spirit you have sent into our hearts. Resisting temptation and thus killing our sin (Romans 8:13). Cultivating the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Embracing him in our weakness and sufferings (Romans 8:26-27). Developing our spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:7). Living for the advance of the gospel (John 20:19-22). Praying for the new birth and baptism into union with Christ to come to pass for all of those who are within our sphere of influence (John 3:5-8; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Titus 3:5). Great God in heaven, fill us with your Spirit. Lead us by your Spirit we pray...
In Jesus' Name,
“The ministry of Jesus in word and deed was carried forward in the power of the Holy Spirit. In everything He did, Jesus knew in Himself a mighty force working that moved beyond Himself…Jesus lived and moved in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.”
-Williams in Graham Cole, He Who Gives Life: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Crossway Books: Wheaton, IL. 2008. p.150.