Great Plains Daily Devotional for 5/4/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Clinton UMC
Great West District
Cody Hunt's Chapel UMC
Great West District
Crawford First UMC
Harrison Memorial UMC
Whitney Warring Memorial UMC
Great West District
Culbertson Trinity UMC
Trenton First UMC
Great West District

Today's Lectionary Text

Acts 5:12-16 

Now many signs and wonders were done among the people through the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. None of the rest dared to join them, but the people held them in high esteem. Yet more than ever believers were added to the Lord, great numbers of both men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on cots and mats, in order that Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he came by. A great number of people would also gather from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all cured.

Today's Devotional

What is the last sign and wonder you have witnessed? I’ve been noticing the connection between “signs and wonders” and people being “added to the Lord.” These wonders are signs that the Holy Spirit is working through the believers. One day it is the ability to communicate the Gospel in different languages, another day it is healing. What is shining brightly through the followers of Jesus is the light (or fire) of the Holy Spirit?

If we are to add great numbers to the Lord, there must be evidence that the Holy Spirit is working through our lives. We can see these not only in acts of communication and healing but also in acts of forgiveness, extravagant generosity, love of enemies and other ways we bear witness that we are living in a new creation. These acts can’t be explained by the old order. They can only be explained by a proclamation that Christ is risen, and we are filled with the light of the Holy Spirit shining brightly through us. What sign or wonder might the Holy Spirit shine through us today?

- Reflection from Blake Busick

Prayer for Reflection

That God might bring someone into your life today who needs some kind of healing or relief from suffering. Pray for the courage and insight to respond so that the healing power of the Holy Spirit shines more brightly.

All excerpts from “Catch the Fire in 50 Days: Joining the Movement of God’s Mission in the World”  by Blake Busick and Christie Latona.


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