Intercessions Acts 2:1-21 and John 7:37-39

The Church of Christ

Lord, we pray for the universal Church, that it may be a beacon of your love and truth in the world. As the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples at Pentecost, may it continue to inspire and guide us. May we, like them, have the courage to proclaim your word in every language and to every people.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority

We pray for the leaders of the world, that they may be filled with the wisdom and compassion of your Spirit. May they be guided by your principles of justice and peace, and work towards the welfare of all people.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

The local community

We pray for our local community, that it may be a place of fellowship and love. May we be filled with your Spirit, becoming sources of ‘living water’ to those around us, especially in times of difficulty and strife.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Those who suffer

We lift up those who are suffering in body, mind, or spirit. May they feel your healing presence, and may they be comforted by the promise of your Spirit, the ‘living water’ that sustains us in all circumstances.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

The communion of saints

We remember those who have gone before us, those who have shown us the way of faith. May we be inspired by their lives and, following in their footsteps, proclaim the good news of your love to the world.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray for the universal Church

Prayers ideas for each reading

Here are some prayers based on Acts 2:1-21:

  1. Gracious God, we give thanks for the outpouring of your Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. As we reflect on this momentous event, we pray for a fresh infilling of your Spirit in our lives and in the life of your Church. Ignite in us a renewed passion for your mission and empower us to be bold witnesses of your love and grace.
  2. Loving God, we pray for unity among your people. Just as the believers in the upper room were united in heart and mind, we ask that you would bring unity among your followers today. Remove any divisions or barriers that hinder our ability to work together for your kingdom, and help us to embrace diversity and seek common purpose in sharing the Gospel.
  3. Merciful God, we pray for an outpouring of your Spirit on our communities and nations. May your Spirit bring conviction, repentance, and transformation in the hearts of those who do not yet know you. Fill us with your love and compassion for the lost, and give us the words and actions to effectively share the Good News.
  4. Compassionate God, we pray for those who are longing for spiritual renewal and a deeper connection with you. Stir in their hearts a hunger and thirst for righteousness, and draw them closer to your presence. May they experience the transformative power of your Spirit and find true joy and fulfillment in you.
  5. Gracious God, we give thanks for the prophecy of Joel that was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost. We pray that you would continue to pour out your Spirit on all people, regardless of age, gender, or social status. May your Spirit empower and equip individuals from all walks of life to serve you faithfully and make an impact in their spheres of influence.

May these prayers based on Acts 2:1-21 inspire us to seek a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit in our lives, to pursue unity and love within the Church, and to be agents of God’s transformative work in the world.

Here are some prayers based on John 7:37-39:

  1. Gracious God, we give thanks for Jesus, the living water, who quenches our spiritual thirst and satisfies our souls. As we come before you, we pray that you would fill us with your Holy Spirit, flowing in us like a river of living water. May we be refreshed and renewed in your presence.
  2. Loving God, we acknowledge our deep need for your Spirit to empower and guide us. We ask that you would pour out your Spirit upon us, filling us with wisdom, discernment, and boldness to proclaim your truth and love to the world around us.
  3. Merciful God, we pray for those who are spiritually dry and longing for a deeper connection with you. We ask that you would revive their hearts and awaken their spirits to the abundant life found in Jesus. Quench their thirst with your living water and lead them into a vibrant relationship with you.
  4. Compassionate God, we pray for unity among believers as we drink from the same spiritual source. Help us to overcome divisions and differences, and to embrace one another in love and understanding. May the presence of your Spirit unite us in purpose and mission, as we seek to reflect your grace and truth.
  5. Gracious God, we give thanks for the promise of your Spirit dwelling within us. Help us to be attentive and responsive to the promptings and guidance of your Spirit in our daily lives. Grant us the courage to surrender to your leading and to live in obedience to your will.

May these prayers based on John 7:37-39 draw us closer to the life-giving presence of Jesus and empower us to live as vessels filled with the Holy Spirit, bringing glory to God and spreading his love to those around us.


Acts 2-1-21 and John 7.37-39


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we gather today to meditate on the Word of God as revealed in Acts 2:1-21 and John 7:37-39. These passages reveal the powerful work of the Holy Spirit in the early church and in the life of believers. As we explore these texts, we will focus on the transforming power of the Holy Spirit and the invitation to be Spirit-filled disciples of Christ.

Emotion: the power of the Holy Spirit descends upon us

Main Focus: The Transforming Power of the Holy Spirit

Both passages highlight the transformative work of the Holy Spirit in believers’ lives. In Acts, we witness the dramatic outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, empowering the apostles to boldly proclaim the Gospel. In John, Jesus promises the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, depicting it as living water that brings life and refreshment.

Context and Insight

In Acts 2, the disciples are gathered in Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost, a Jewish holiday that took place fifty days after Passover. During this gathering, the Holy Spirit descended upon them, enabling them to speak in various languages and boldly proclaim the works of God. This event marked the Church’s birth and its global mission’s commencement.

In John 7, Jesus is at the Feast of Tabernacles, a Jewish festival characterized by joy and thanksgiving for God’s provision. He uses the imagery of living water, an essential resource symbolizing life and renewal, to describe the work of the Holy Spirit that believers would experience.

Additional Supporting Bible Verses

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”

Romans 8:26


The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit

The event at Pentecost, as depicted in Acts 2, demonstrates the transformative power of the Holy Spirit. The disciples, once ordinary men, were empowered to proclaim God’s deeds in various languages, signifying the universal nature of the Gospel. As we surrender our lives to Christ, we, too, receive the Holy Spirit, who empowers us to live as witnesses of Christ’s resurrection.

The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit

In John 7, Jesus promises His followers the Holy Spirit, depicted as a stream of living water flowing within believers. This living water symbolizes the Holy Spirit’s refreshing and life-giving presence, bringing spiritual nourishment, transformation, and renewal to our lives. As we trust in Jesus, the Holy Spirit works within us, leading us towards a deeper relationship with God.


As we reflect on these passages, let us be reminded of the vital role of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Let us strive to be continually filled with the Spirit, allowing His transformative power to guide us in our journey of faith. As Spirit-filled disciples of Christ, we are empowered to live out the Gospel and bear witness to God’s love and grace in our world. Amen.


Acts 17.22-31 and John 14.15-21


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we gather to reflect on a powerful message in the Bible passages Acts 17:22-31 and John 14:15-21. As we delve into these passages, let us explore the main focus of our sermon: the personal relationship with God through faith, obedience, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We will use our knowledge of Christian theology and the Bible to provide context and insight into these verses. Additionally, we will incorporate supporting passages that further illuminate the main focus of our sermon. Our sermon will be structured with a clear introduction, body, and conclusion, with HTML formatting to enhance presentation and readability.

Main Focus: Personal Relationship with God through Faith, Obedience, and the Holy Spirit

In Acts 17:22-31, we witness the Apostle Paul addressing the Athenians at the Areopagus, proclaiming the true identity of the “unknown god” they worshipped. In John 14:15-21, Jesus teaches His disciples about the importance of obedience and love in their relationship with God and promises the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.

Context and Insight

In Acts 17, Paul is in Athens, a city renowned for its philosophical and religious debates. He seizes the opportunity to reveal the identity of the true God to the Athenians, emphasising God’s desire for a personal relationship with His creation. Paul encourages them to turn away from their worship of idols and embrace faith in Jesus Christ.

In John 14, Jesus speaks to His disciples during the Last Supper, preparing them for His imminent departure. He emphasises the importance of love and obedience in their relationship with God. He promises the coming of the Holy Spirit, who will guide and strengthen them in their spiritual journey.

Additional Supporting Bible Verses

“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him, we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

Romans 8:14-17

Introduction to the Sermon

Dear brothers and sisters, let us delve deeper into the passages from Acts and John, exploring how we can deepen our relationship with God through faith, obedience, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Seeking God through Faith and Repentance

In Acts 17:22-31, Paul encourages the Athenians to seek God through faith and repentance. We must also recognise our need for God’s grace and embrace a personal relationship with Him, built on faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

Love and Obedience: The Foundation of Our Relationship with God

In John 14:15-21, Jesus emphasises that love and obedience are essential for a deep relationship with God. As followers of Christ, we must strive to obey His commandments and live according to His teachings, allowing the Holy Spirit to dwell within us.

The Holy Spirit: Our Guide and Comforter

Jesus promises that those who love Him and obey His commandments will receive the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-17). The Holy Spirit serves as our Guide and Comforter, empowering us to grow in our relationship with God and navigate the challenges of our spiritual journey. The presence of the Holy Spirit within us helps us discern God’s will, deepening our understanding of His truth and enabling us to bear the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

Practical Applications

Cultivating an Authentic Relationship with God

As believers, we should seek to cultivate an authentic relationship with God by spending time in prayer, reading and meditating on His Word, and engaging in fellowship with other believers. By nurturing our relationship with God, we can grow in our faith and experience the transformative power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Embracing a Lifestyle of Obedience

Obedience to God’s commandments is a tangible expression of our love for Him. To deepen our relationship with God, we must strive to align our lives with His will, embracing a lifestyle of obedience that reflects our commitment to Him.

Seeking the Guidance of the Holy Spirit

In our spiritual journey, it is essential to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit. As believers, we must be open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, allowing Him to direct our paths and mould our character according to the likeness of Christ.


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, let us remember the powerful message found in Acts 17:22-31 and John 14:15-21. May we endeavour to deepen our personal relationship with God through faith, obedience, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. As we grow in our understanding of God’s truth and embrace His presence in our lives, we will be better equipped to face the challenges of our spiritual journey and fulfil our divine purpose as followers of Jesus Christ. Amen.


Have you ever stopped to think about how much our lives revolve around change?  It is always there.

While we welcome some alteration into our lives, we often tend to focus our minds on those that aren’t welcome, and this is when it takes over our lives, our train of thought burns bad emotions and intentions deep inside, and ultimately turn us away from God.  When we allow that to happen, we fail ourselves; we fail God.

When we find ourselves in times like these, we can take comfort in the knowledge that God and our Lord Jesus Christ are always walking beside us, Jesus is interceding on our behalf, and the Holy Spirit is there to guide us.  We can turn to God, to Jesus, surrender to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, because They are the constant in our lives that does not change.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Hebrews 13:8

In among all the change in our life, Jesus is always there, the rock that is our anchor, our cornerstone, the foundation of all foundations.

16 So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone,
    a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;
the one who relies on it
    will never be stricken with panic.

Isaiah 28:16

Change happens; it does not always come from God, a lot of it is human-made, as a result of our greed, our desires, our attempt to apply our will over situations, our inability to follow Gods will; what we do in times like this can lead to disagreements, animosity, theft, hostility, and war.

There’s plenty to be said in the bible about change, it is full of change, starting at the very beginning with creation, variations in covenant with God, changes in nations, changes in people, initiated by the Holy Spirit (tongues of fire [Acts 2-3]), by Jesus (so many changes in hearts, minds and body), by God (far too many to contemplate or even begin to describe).  The point is that we should not fear change, we can embrace it even when we do not like it because we can be the light that turns bad to good.

The one thing that never changes is that God loves us all, and He made the most significant demonstration of that love by sacrificing His Son, Jesus Christ, for our salvation; for we do not have to sacrifice anymore, as Jesus took upon himself all the sins of humanity and paid the price, our price, on our behalf, for all of our sins, for the sins of our predecessors, and the sins of our descendants.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Philippians 4:6-8

Life is full of new beginnings, fresh days with which we can become closer to Jesus, I thank the Lord our God for each new day, for each opportunity to start again, for new beginnings, for His eternal love, comfort and guidance through times of trouble.

Holy Jesus, ev’ry day,
keep us in the narrow way;
and when earthly things are past,
bring our ransomed souls at last
where they need no star to guide,
where no clouds thy glory hide.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.
2 Corinthians 13:14