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.