For many Christians, Pentecost has over recent years become an increasingly important time in the Church calendar. Having been brought up in a home where my parents were involved in the early days of the Pentecostal movement across the country, the celebration of Pentecost was always an important time accompanied by special meetings that for a child were both exciting and very long!

Today within the Global Charismatic Movement that spans many denominations, and the Global Pentecostal church, many millions around the world celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit that Jesus promised to the disciples which heralded the birth of the Church.

At a time when the disciples were gathered together with a mixture of fear and expectation, suddenly the place they were meeting in was shaken by a violent wind and tongues of flame appeared over them. We cannot begin to imagine how they felt with all that was going on around them as they probably cried and laughed in total wonderment as the Holy Spirit filled the room and filled them. No wonder people thought they were drunk. Incredibly these same frightened and fearful men and woman, left that room and literally turned the world upside down.

The glorious truth today is that all over the world people every day are being filled with that same Holy Spirit. In fact, this Pentecost has seen the biggest celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit in nation after nation since the birth of the church all those years ago.

In these incredible, and at times, perplexing days when we are surrounded by so much uncertainty and fear, across the church, the body of Christ around the world, this same Spirit that these men and woman received that day has given a new joy and boldness to live and speak, work and worship, witness and pray in the power of the Holy Spirit because the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in us His people today. Wow!!

It is too early to tell of all that has happened over this Pentecost but what we do know is literally millions of Christians, some in spite of desperate suffering and persecution, have involved themselves in some of the largest prayer and Gospel witness events ever held.

Pentecost was a beginning, it was the opening chapter in the life of the church. Today, as followers of Jesus we are important characters in the 2020 chapter. Saint Paul wrote to Christians in a place called Ephesus, now in Turkey, “Do not get drunk with wine which leads to debauchery. Instead be filled with the Spirit,” the actual translation means - go on being filled with the Spirit.

So, the invitation to us all is to be filled with the Spirit and that invitation is for every follower of Jesus wherever you are in the world today.  When the young people in South Wales were praying for revival they simply prayed, “COME HOLY SPIRIT”, and the great Welsh revival swept the land and had repercussions around the world.

As we come through this season of Pentecost, let’s join together with brothers and sisters around the world and pray the same prayer, believing to see millions of women and men, boys and girls from every tribe and language, and people and nation becoming followers of Christ Jesus, the Son of God, the Saviour of the world, the only way to God the Father.

COME HOLY SPRIT.  Amen and Amen.

 

Ian Cole is the founder of the World Prayer Centre.  He and his wife Pauline, network globally within the prayer movement.


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