Dear Friends,

It is a good thing to learn from Christians of long ago. There has been an unbroken line of faithful Christians from the time of Jesus til today. Yes, there have been times when Christian life seemed to be weak and confused. Yes, there has been evil done by people claiming to follow Jesus. But Jesus has always been building His church. There has never been a time when there were no faithful Christians. It is a grave error to act as if there is “the time of Jesus” and then “our group today” and everything in between is a barren wasteland. We have brothers and sisters in Christ in every generation and it is good to listen to them and learn from them. Pray you are not captive to your own generation!

The following prayer was written in the mid 800’s! It was translated into English and turned into a prayer/hymn in the mid 1600’s. It is well worth praying and/or singing:

1. Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire
and lighten with celestial fire;
Thou the anointing Spirit art,
who dost Thy seven-fold gifts impart.

2. Thy blessed unction from above
is comfort life and fire of love;
enable with perpetual light
the dullness of our mortal sight.

3. Teach us to know the Father, Son,
and Thee, of both, to be but one,
that through the ages all along
this may be our endless song:

4. Praise to thine eternal merit,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

By the way, the “seven-fold gifts” of the Holy Spirit is an idea that developed in the early centuries of the Christian faith. These gifts, briefly, are:

A. Wisdom which comes from a deep love of God.
B. An understanding which helps us appreciate and know the reasonableness and truth of the Christian faith.
C. A supernatural intuition to be wise and do God’s will.
D. A courageous endurance to stand up for what is right and stand against what is wrong.
E. A gift of knowledge where our minds are renewed and we understand that the Lord is still sovereign in His world.
F. A deep reverence and humble reliance on God.
G. A deep fear of the Lord, whereby we know how close God is to us, how He is different than us and we are filled with thankfulness, wonder and praise at this.

So on this day when we remember Acts 2 the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the church, consider using an old prayer like “Come, Holy Ghost” Pray it as your prayer. Use the different lines and parts of the prayer to launch into your words of request and praise.

And take a moment to reflect on the fact that Jesus never stops building His church; He never stops pouring out the Holy Spirit on His people. Our strength is not our wealth, methods, race, nationality or power. The Holy Spirit is our health and strength. The Gospel is our source of life. The Father is still sovereign over the universe. Three persons, One God, forever and ever. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.