Dr Luke records in his well-researched account of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that the Jewish people were in great expectation of an anointed leader sent to them by God. Chapter 3 of modern copies of that scroll reports the Jews thought the one who was baptising them in the river Jordan may be their eagerly anticipated messiah. But John answered them by saying,
“I indeed baptise you with water; but one mightier than I is coming whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” (Luke 3:16 NKJV)
Or, as Eugene Peterson’s The Message paraphrases John:
The main character in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will ignite the kingdom life, a fire, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out.
With that in mind I invite you to listen to this petitionary prayer we frequently play, Set a Fire. Having known of this cry for some years we were pleased to find this video of the live recording of our CD:
I’d also recommend a more upbeat version introduced by Rob Cox 13 minutes into a recent morning service at Church of His Presence, as on this video. (You may like to hang in with them as they start to take off in the Spirit with Great Are You Lord…!!)
It was problematic getting connected to CHP’s live session and when the server kicked in one worship song was ending and then Rob led into this one about the ‘fire’ of God. Its occurrence soon after my mid-week blog Wake up and be set on fire was particularly pertinent in view of comments about holy fire in that post and in London’s Burning.
Be thoroughly blessed as you join in…