In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the Kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
Again, Luke writes to Theophilus. Theophilus means those loved by God, so he writes to all of us. It’s fitting that the apostles begin their ministries with the baptism of the Holy Spirit because the power, gifts, and knowledge of the Holy Spirit help us succeed, by fulfilling our dreams, helping us remember, and providing self-control. It’s also fitting, now that we know Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to us, we use the power of the Holy Spirit to leave a trait or bad habit at the cross. I’m leaving harshness and food addiction there.
God may not be calling you to leave anything at the cross and that’s okay, but for those of us whom God is calling to leave something at the cross, trust Him to Help you. If you haven’t asked Jesus to be your savior, ask Him now. Use the knowledge learned in Luke to be a disciple. Keep studying God’s word and pray. Be a disciple of Jesus as the Study of Luke has taught us. Choose a prayer partner to keep you accountable, and surround yourself with loving people. Place God on the throne of your life. The following prayer praises God and asks for everything Jesus asked for and received to survive torture just before and while hanging from the cross. This prayer will help us, too. Personalize it to meet your needs I suggest praying it several times a day.
Dearest Heavenly Father, Holy is Your name. I love You and praise You because You are trustworthy and keep Your promises. Thank you for sending Jesus to save me. Forgive me for_________. Help me forgive ________ who made me think less of myself and helped me develop bad habits and traits. I give You my problems of _______________. I know you will answer those prayers. Be my refuge Lord. In the Name of Jesus, remove the enemy from my life and keep him out, so I don’t fall into temptation. Make him a footstool for my feet. Give me the power of Your Holy Spirit to help me leave ___________ at the cross. Let me crave you, not my bad habit. Let Your Holy Spirit fill my thoughts, my heart, and every part of my being, so I can be more like Jesus. Help me be positive and know with your help I can do this. Assist me to follow Your plan for my life by drinking from Your cup, not mine. Send an angel to help me. In Jesus name I pray, amen.