Note: This week’s New Every Morning includes daily practices (instead of reflection questions) to follow the format of our featured title, Pauses for Pentecost, which offers 50 days of reflections based on a scripture theme and followed by a spiritual practice.
Maybe we too need an upper room where we can wait and pray in preparation for a fresh outpouring of the Spirit. You might remember Jesus once told his disciples that when they pray, they need to go into a room, close the door, and speak to their Father in secret. (See Matthew 6:6.) As we move toward Pentecost, I invite you to do this quite literally. It could cause this Pentecost to be vastly different from all the others. Indeed, it may be the day when the spring of the Spirit turns your life into a deep reservoir from which life-giving streams begin to flow toward others around you.
—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Pentecost: 50 Words for Easter People (Upper Room Books, 2017)
Today, find a few minutes to go into your room, close the door, and ask the Father to prepare your heart to receive a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Pentecost
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When [the apostles] arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying.
—Acts 1:13 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Holy Spirit, turn my life into a deep reservoir from which life-giving streams begin to flow toward others around me. Amen.
—Adapted from Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Pentecost
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