But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8
It might seem like a life time ago to think of being invited to a friend’s place for a meal. But recall – what is the first response to the invitation? “What can I bring?” Sometimes the friend will settle on you bringing the salad or dessert and you feel the fairness of contributing to the meal. Other times, though, the friend or family member says, “Just bring yourself – my treat.” This can be experienced as a great relief and expectant joy. It can also be hard just to show up with only yourself.
There is so much to receive in this, when you think about it. We have to receive that the person wants just us. How many places only want who we are? We have to receive the freedom. Aren’t we such an “and” culture? Me “and.” That’s better than just me. And eventually, we have to receive the hard work of the person, knowing they have spent considerable time to create something to share with us. We have to receive something we haven’t earned but rather something that comes out of welcome, loving hospitality.
Jesus says that we will RECEIVE power when the Holy Spirit comes on us. There is no bringing anything! Just ourselves and our prayers of expressing our willingness to receive. (Be careful about thinking your prayers earn it! 😊)
The life in Jesus is so much about receiving. This is what we struggle with the most. There are many reasons why.
Imagine yourself with Jesus. Where is He? Where are you?
Enter a conversation with Him. Talk to Him about receiving. Maybe you don’t know what hinders you from receiving what He wants to give you in this season (a fresh filling of the Spirit as we are focusing on or something else). Ask Him to help you see what your experience of receiving is. As you talk with Him, it will become clearer, it will become more defined. As your heart opens to see in His loving presence, listen for how He wants to encourage you.
LORD, as I have received You, give me grace to receive what You want to bless me with. Thank You that You know what I need, You know what I long for. And You know how I struggle to receive. I come with just myself – just as You have invited me to come.
Using Your Body in Prayer:
After you pray the above prayer or one of your own, hold your hands straight out with what you have discovered is a hindrance to your receiving. Take a few moments to acknowledge what is in your hands to God. Now turn your hands down in an expression of releasing these things. You can do this silently or with this simple line of prayer: LORD, I release the things that keep me from receiving. Go where there is a sink in your home. Run water over your empty hands as an expression of receiving. You can pray: LORD, I receive.
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave Him up for us all - how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32
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