Acts 1 – Prayer and fasting Journal – January 2, 2017 – Pastor Dennis Shillingburg
Acts 1:4-5 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Waiting is not something many of us are very good at, let alone waiting for a promise to be fulfilled.
What promises has God given you? There are hundreds of promises in the Bible that are for you, but is there a specific promise from the Lord you are still waiting for? As we are fasting this January write those promises in your prayer journal and ask God as you pray, when.
Perhaps the back story is still being written for your promise as it was for the disciples. The disciples, who were from the north of Israel were headed home to resume their lives when Jesus told them to wait in Jerusalem for their promise from the Father – the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Though the disciples only waited another ten days for their promise, waiting was the key to receiving. When we stop waiting in obedience for God’s promises and take things in to our own hands – that is when we really mess life up. There are a few keys to active waiting: