Take a moment to open this time in prayer. Ask God to bless you as you read and reflect on the text.
Read Joel 2: 28 - 32
The scripture passage is describing a time when the Jewish people will return from exile to Jerusalem. Even though it was a long time ago we are living in those times. Thus, we have access to the same work of the Holy Spirit that is described in the passage. We could ask that the Holy Spirit be poured out upon us in the same way in order to sustain us and encourage us during these times; but do we?
Please use the following questions for more reflection.
As you read this text is there anything that scares you about what is described? Is there anything that makes you curious?
Have you ever asked for the Holy Spirit to be poured out upon you?
Is there anything that prevents you from asking for the Holy Spirit to be poured out upon you? Is there anything within you that wants to limit the Holy Spirit?
Closing - Use the prayer below to end the devotion or close in prayer in your own words.
Gracious Heavenly Father, in these times we need more and more of your presence. We try to live life and walk with you in by our own power and authority but we need the help of the Holy Spirit. Lord, please pour out on me the Holy Spirit so that I will be enabled to help people during this time and so that I will be able to build up the body of Christ. Amen.