Pray for the Harvest 4th Week Devotion


Power to be His Witnesses

By Gilbert Nigh

Think about what it is like to throw a rock into a pool of still water and watch the ripples move out. The ripples slowly fade out, sometimes seeming like they have been absorbed back into the water before they even reach the shore. The symmetry and smoothness can be hypnotizing. It is beautiful and calming.

Think about that same situation but on a larger scale. You get a really big rock, like an earthquake, underwater, and it causes a really big wave (or waves) that travel for thousands of miles and unleash destruction when they finally reach shore. At a very basic level the action is the same but the result is different. What was the difference? The energy or power that caused the original action.

We are told we will receive power to make a ripple that goes to the end of the earth. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. It is the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The apostles and early church used that power to work hard and then took the Gospel as far as they could.

The same task and same power is there for us. We can go boldly in power to reach out to the ends of the world, to our country, to our community and to the person who lives next door. We might feel weak and helpless on our own. We might not feel like we can do much. We might feel like the pebbles in the pond. But God gives us power to enable us to do things we can’t do on our own. God has power that can change, transform and recreate a society and even the world. Let the Holy Spirit work in you to empower you to minister here, there and everywhere, as He leads.

Acts 1:8

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.


Father God, we thank you for your Holy Spirit. We pray for your power to make a ripple, or even a big wave among our neighbors and our communities. Please give us the power to minister here and wherever your will leads us.  

 Thank you to Gilbert Nigh for writing our 2017 Pray for the Harvest Devotions

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