Bill's Blog: Prayer and the Holy Spirit
This year, from January 18-25th, believers in Christ around the world will observe the Week of Prayer. The theme for this year is “Christian Unity.” This is also a time when the Protestant Church celebrates the 500th Anniversary of The Reformation. At the heart of The Reformation is the reality of reconciliation to God through faith, apart from works.
As we contemplate this year’s theme, I want to direct our attention to the role the Holy Spirit plays in bringing about unity and reconciliation.
It is obvious that we need to be reconciled to God. Our sin and rebellion caused a depravity in our souls that separates us from God. Our soul must be remade. We must, as Jesus said in the gospel of John, chapter 3, be born again. By faith, we come to God and accept His grace in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit indwells, restores and remakes our souls into His own holiness. This unity with God is the work of the Holy Spirit.