June 5, 2022


Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus so that he would not have to lose time in Asia; for he was hurrying, if it might be possible for him to be in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost.” – Acts 20:16 NASB

For generations, Pentecost had been a special day for God’s people. It was celebrated fifty days after Passover (Exodus 23:16). It then became a day with particular significance to the early church, for the Spirit fell on believers on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-39).

This wasn’t just a historic observation. It was so important to Paul that he rearranged his schedule just to be in Jerusalem for Pentecost.

Pentecost provides a reminder of how the Holy Spirit changed everything for believers. Make it a celebration to remember all the Spirit brings and what He can do in our lives.

Today is Pentecost. As celebrated by the early church, this is a day to remember all the Spirit does: He anoints us and gives our words authority; He gives us supernatural wisdom and power. Remember why Pentecost was so important to Paul and other believers.

Make this a day when the Spirit falls anew on you when His presence renews you. Seek to be “filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). Remember, as Jesus taught, the Spirit is the “Helper” given to “teach you all things” (John 14:26). He has been sent to “guide you into all truth” (John 16:13) and give you supernatural power (Acts 1:8). He will change your life.

Celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. Seek to be more sensitive to His presence. He is your best defense! Your teacher! Your friend!


Reflection Question: Write a prayer asking the Holy Spirit to fill you with His power.

Holy Spirit, speak to me. Give me Your joy, peace, and power. Overflow my life with Your presence. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Acts 20