Lord, Teach Us To Pray — Lord, Teach Us To Finish Well: Celebrating the Resurrection & Looking to the Spirit of Pentecost
Weaving the 4 new focus emphasis items into the topics each week:
1. Global Positioning
2. Next Generation — “students and young adults”
3. Media-ization — “getting the Story out”
4. Maintaining the centrality of all we do to be the Bible — The WORD
– To listen afresh alludes that we are in the habit of listening. Are you in need of a fresh ability to listen? Looking back at the background for Pentecost: After the resurrection of Jesus, the disciples remained for 40 days, instructing, encouraging and waiting as instructed to be witnesses throughout the world (Acts 1:3,1:8). Afterwards, he ascended into heaven and about 120 of his followers remained in Jerusalem in anticipation, praying and encouraging each other (Acts 1:4, 1:8).
As we begin our 50 day journey to Pentecost… Pentecost, falls on the Sunday 50 days after Passover, or after our Lord’s crucifixion. This year it will be on May 24th. Pentecost is not the coming of the Holy Spirit for the Holy Spirit made His first appearance in Genesis 1:2. Pentecost is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on human flesh to give birth to the Church. Pentecost – marks the Holy Spirit descending for the empowerment of Jesus’ followers – is the birthday of the Christian Church (Acts 2).
The 120 who were assembled to wait did not know what to expect. How could they? Pentecost was nothing like anything that had ever happened before that time. Nothing could have prepared them for what was to come. They knew His Story, they waited together. In that 50 days they found themselves at a different place. Moving from being a frightened, rag-tag group of men and women, to being a group focused in their purpose of prayer and having expectant hearts. Some had lived with the Lord and some had simply heard the amazing witness accounts of His life and His resurrection. They all believed, all were waiting obediently. On the eve of Pentecost they were filled with expectation, no one was thinking this was the birthing of the Church and the true Global Positioning for the body of Christ that would set the pace into the future of going after the Harvest.
In the early days of the Church their GPS coordinates were quite different than what we find today. The shifting and movement of the Church has set the pace and will continue to set the pace, for the body of Christ. What is our global positioning for ION?
We are asking everyone to LISTEN AFRESH — Let us pray: Lord to give us fresh vision and insight into what He wants to do with and through the network in the next few years. As in Acts 1:8, may we be aware and receive the power of the Holy Spirit to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Lord unfold to us individually and as a corporate group our global positioning as the International Orality Network #makingdisciples. In Jesus name. Amen
· The disciples obeyed. Let us be people of the Word ready to obey.
[*Please note: This information can be found in the Blog section of the ION website: http://orality.net/blog ] https://ionprayer.com/2015/04/06/ion-pentecost-prayer-initiative-50-days-easter-to-pentecost-7-weeks7-topics/
Week 4 (April 26-May 2) — Exploring Needs — Exploring the felt needs that the network should be serving. Everyone at Pentecost heard the Word proclaimed in their own heart language. Who is still in need of Scripture?
Week 7 (May 17-23) — Serving Effectively, Stewarding the Sacred Gift — Join in prayer that the network can serve the Church with increasing effectiveness, fostering and encouraging a global orality movement to disciple all oral learners.
Pentecost (May 24th) — Read and pray through Acts 2 – The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost and Peter’s reminder of Joel 2:28-32. — Join in prayer with the body of Christ across the globe this day of Pentecost.
Let us pray for a fresh, historic outpouring of the Holy Spirit, upon the International Orality Network and ION Partners, so that we might fulfill our call to Influence the body of Christ to make disciples of all oral learners. Asking for a new anointing as we seek to influence the body of Christ to bring the Gospel to those oral peoples, unengaged unreached people groups, and oral Bible-less who still wait to hear the saving message of Jesus Christ in a way that they can really understand and receive. Amen