Acts 2:1-2 – When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.’


In obedience to the Lord’s commands the community, instead of mobilising for action, has withdrawn to the upper room to wait for the Holy Spirit. It knows that ‘unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain’ (Psalm 127:1). But waiting on God is no passive affair. Waiting is prayerful insistence that the Lord makes good on his promises – what P. T. Forsyth describes as importunity. For those of us who prize politeness such boldness in prayer feels a bit arrogant. In actual fact it is the height of humility. Persistent and insistent prayer, waiting expectantly for the Spirit’s power, is a realisation that only God can give what the church so desperately needs. And what a difference it makes. Pentecost is no quiet contemplation, but explosive grace.


Prayer: Lord, as unsettling as it is bound to be, I pray most earnestly for the wind and the fire of your Spirit.