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April 14, 2008

A prayer to be powerful witnesses of God’s Word

by Dave Malnes

When witnesses are called upon in a courtroom, they take an oath to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth. To lie would be a crime.

God calls Christians to the stand to be his witnesses. All we need to do is tell the truth of God’s Word.

It seems that Christians today are distracted. There seems to be a growing infatuation within Christian circles regarding the end times.

When Jesus was talking to his disciples just before he ascended into heaven, he told them not to be so concerned with dates and times the Father has set, but to focus their attention elsewhere. In the first chapter of Acts, Jesus says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses.”

The value of prayer

Instead of focusing on waiting for Christ’s return, Jesus wanted his disciples to be his witnesses — to go out and tell the truth about Christ’s death and resurrection throughout the world. In doing so, notice the connection between being witnesses and receiving power. The disciples need not be afraid to take the witness stand in the world, for they would not be alone.

God empowers his people to be faithful witnesses.  That same power promised to the disciples is still available for us today.

By the power of the Holy Spirit, Christ stands with us. He holds us by his right hand and grants us comfort, strength and peace to give key testimony of God’s love for mankind and His plan of salvation. Without spiritual power, we are ineffective witnesses.

We can pray, “Dear Holy Spirit, Thank You for living in me and giving me Your power.  Help me reach out and grab hold of that power each day of my life.  Because of You, I have nothing to fear as I speak the Truth as Your witness.  It is Your power, not mine, that I rely on.  Thanks for always being there for me.  Amen.”

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