Good GiftsDAY 1: WED 01 MAR, 17
“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11)
Come and Rest in My Presence Intimacy with God is offered to you as His gift. (Ephesians 2:8) Be drawn by loving kindness and grace into the Presence of the Almighty God. (Titus 3:3-7) “…God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Jesus is our way to know God as our Father. (John 14:6) Jesus says, “Whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” (John 6:37)
We each face a choice that has an eternal life or death outcome. If we refuse or ignore God’s gift - our choice to be independent, to ‘sin’, separates us from our Father’s Presence eternally. (Genesis 3:8, Romans 6:23) The truth is we all sin and fall short (Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:8) and we can’t earn our way or find our own way to God. Tragically, many of our family members, friends, neighbours and colleagues die without knowing they had a choice and without understanding what they’ve missed out on. (Romans 3:23, John 3:1-3)
If we ask Jesus to be the Lord of our life, and invite His Holy Spirit to dwell in us, we can enjoy God’s Presence now - and forever. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) In Christ we are made new and given a new heart and spirit. (2 Corinthians 5:17, Ezekiel 36:26)
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith…" (Hebrews 10:22-23)
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
As you worship, seek the face of the Lord and the gift of His Presence in your midst. “Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! You have said, ‘Seek my face.’ My heart says to you, ‘Your face, Lord, do I seek.” (Psalm 27:7-9)
Pray: Jesus, be the Lord of my life and restore me to my Father. I repent from sin, distractions, burdens, fears and hardheartedness - defensiveness and rigid thinking. Purify my heart from all that limits my faith, discernment and joy. I welcome the gift of Your Presence, Your Holy Spirit, and long to hear what You’ll say to me through the Book of Acts and these 40 Days.
Receive My PowerReading: Acts 1 ESV Audio Bible
Extract: Acts 1:4-5,8,14 TPT
“Wait here until you receive the gift I told you about, the gift my Father has promised. John baptised you in water but in a few days from now you will be baptised in the Holy Spirit!
I promise you this - the Holy Spirit will come upon you and you will be filled with power. And you will be my messengers to Jerusalem, throughout Judea, the distant provinces - even to the remotest places on earth. All of them were united in prayer, gripped with one passion; interceding day and night.”’
Listen to what the Word Says, Obey and Share.
S: What are the steps that Jesus gives in this passage to equip you as His messenger?
O: Is your heart sensitive to obey the Holy Spirit's leading and be utterly reliant on Him?
Moses knew how much he needed God's Presence. Eavesdrop on their conversation:
“Moses said to the Lord, ‘You have been telling me, “Lead these people” but you have not let me know whom you will send with me…
The Lord replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Then Moses said to him, ‘If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here…
And the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.’
Then Moses said, ‘Now show me your glory. And the Lord said, ‘I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence.’” (Exodus 33:1-12)
Moses saw God’s glory - His manifest Presence – and so can we! (Exodus 33:22)
S: Share Jesus’ key to God’s Presence: “the pure in heart shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8)
Be My Spirit-led Witnesses As Moses requested, God’s Presence accompanied Israel day and night. (Exodus 40:38)
Can you picture the Australian church like Acts 1:14 “all.. united in prayer, gripped with one passion; interceding day and night”?
We have called Australia to a 40 Day 24/7 Prayer & Worship Relay! Have you decided what times you will spend in God’s Presence? Register your prayer meetings, and any times you pray with a prayer partner, in the Pray for Australia: 40 Day Prayer & Worship Relay. Search there for local groups to join. Invite your friends and church, especially young (teen-30) prayer warriors and evangelists, to share this 40 Day journey with you! Facebook
Share the Good News with inspiring YesHEis video clips. Download this app to your mobile device and prayerfully discern which clips you will forward to people who may be open to their message. Transform Australia by Telling People About Jesus! We’ve chosen one clip for you to share each day. Today’s Video Clip: Share Jesus Online.
Be My House of Prayer
Lord, I want to thank You for Your gift of salvation and the gift of Your Holy Spirit. I need Your Presence to lead me and dialogue with me through these 40 Days. Lord, give me a pure heart so, like your friend Moses, I can see Your Glory!
Pray for your Prayer List and your family and friends to receive Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Pray for Australia to receive Jesus as Lord and for His Church to be His House of Prayer.
Pray for a new generation of young prayer warriors and evangelists to arise in Jesus’ revival and transformation of our nation.
Austin Cove Community Church are intentional in our prayer lives. We know there are so many different ways to communicate to God in prayer and we like to get creative.