37On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, 38and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” 39Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
- What does this Scripture say about God?
- What does this Scripture say about life?
- What am I hearing in this Scripture?
- What am I going to do with this Scripture?
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Use these conversation starters to talk about life and God with your kids, spouse, or friends during the week! A great place to do this is at the dinner table. There’s one prompt for each day of the week!
Tuesday: Read the Scripture passage together.
Wednesday: Describe a time when you were really, really “thirsty” for something.
Thursday: What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit?
Friday: What is “living water”?
Saturday: I experience the presence of the Holy Spirit when…
Sunday: Why did Jesus send the Holy Spirit to us?
Monday: What have you heard from God over the past week?
This practice allows you to listen to the Scripture for the week and to open yourself up to God’s voice in that Scripture.
- Click on the audio link above and listen to the Scripture. As you listen this first time, ask God to point out to you a word or phrase from the Scripture.
- Click on the audio link above again and listen to the Scripture a second time. As you listen this second time, ask God to reveal to you the holy intentions for this word or phrase that is being spoken into your life.
- Click on the audio link above again and listen to the Scripture a third time. As you listen this third time, ask God how you might respond to this word or phrase being spoken into your life today.
Look at the image above. We’ve used this picture before on Pentecost at The Word and Spirit. It is such a powerful image that I thought we’d revisit it. First of all, the fact that it is a mosaic speaks to the very heart of Pentecost. Just as the image is made up of many stones of different shapes and colors, the Church – which was born on Pentecost – is made up of many people of different shapes, colors, languages, and nationalities. Consider the fact that as you worship and study and pray this week, men, women, and children from around the world are worshiping, studying, and praying with you. The Holy Spirit unites us with all Christians across time and space through this mystical reality known as the communion of saints. Spend a moment and give thanks to God for the Church around the world.
Secondly, the golden flames against the red background symbolize the fire of the Holy Spirit. This fire burns within you – purifying you and igniting the passion of God inside you. How does God’s fire burn within you today? In what ways might you be purified and changed by these raging, holy flames? How might you provide light and warmth to the world as the Spirit fire radiates forth from your life?
Thirdly, I love the way that the people gathered have their gaze set both upward toward heaven and outward toward the world. Their mouths are open to speak the powerful Word of God to the people outside of the Church, with the hopes that they, too, would turn toward God and be filled with the life-transforming Holy Spirit. We must keep our gaze firmly upon God and keep our evangelistic focus lovingly on the world in need of God. How might you simultaneously focus yourself lovingly on both God and neighbor? The person standing second to the left in this image seems to be inviting us into this scene. Take a moment to accept this invitation and be ushered into the presence of the Holy Spirit. Come, Holy Spirit, and make us aware of your presence right now. In what ways are you drawing on the strength of the Spirit in order to live a compassionate, attentive, and fruitful life in the world? Be filled with the Holy Spirit this week and experience the abundance of God’s holy love.
Spiritual Practice: Intercessory Prayer
The Church is truly a worldwide family, just as the first day of Pentecost reminds us. Choose a country and pray for its people this week – the Christians residing there, the Church, and those who need to hear the Gospel and feel God’s embrace. Since I was a child I have been fascinated with Russia. I will be praying for the people of Russia and the Russian Church this week. Will you join me as we ask God to move in power and grace throughout the world by pouring the Holy Spirit out freely on people of all nations?
Breath Prayer: LORD God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us.