When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in oneÂ place.Â Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, galeÂ force — no one could tell where it came from. It filled the wholeÂ building.Â Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread throughÂ their ranks,Â and they started speaking in a number of differentÂ languages as the Spirit prompted them.Â – (Acts 2:1-4)
The image of “tongues of fire that separated and came to rest onÂ each of them” (language of other translations) is a powerful one.Â This wildfire of God’s grace signals the dawning of a new era inÂ God’s work of salvation. The message of Jesus is boldly proclaimed.
Hearts are convicted and touched. Faith is born. People areÂ baptized. The Spirit is given as God’s gift. Sins are gone. A newÂ movement is begun that will sweep through the mighty Roman EmpireÂ and is still with us today.
The Holy Spirit is the wind that causesÂ heaven’s wildfire to spread through human hearts and change theÂ future of people, family, friends, cultures, and nations. So let’sÂ pray for this wildfire to sweep through our lands, our churches,Â our friends, and our own hearts!
Prayer : O Father in heaven, I know that the Holy Spirit lives in me andÂ in the hearts of your people. Yet we yearn for a fresh movement ofÂ your Spirit to bring renewal, to empower evangelism, to bringÂ conviction of sin and a realization of grace, peace, and joy.Â Please send your Holy Spirit to break out like wildfire among usÂ and propel us to be the people our world needs us to be! In Jesus’Â name we ask for this grace. Amen.