‘The Spirit told Philip, “God to that chariot and stay near it.” Then Philip ran up to the chariot.’ (Acts 8:29-30a)
The story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch has always fascinated me. It tells us about an encounter that starts in the prompting of the Holy Spirit; Philip is told to walk down a certain road and beside a certain chariot. Philip chooses to follow this prompting; because of this, he ends up baptising the man as a follower of Christ (Acts 8:38). I’m struck by just how ordinary the Spirit’s first prompt to Philip was (Acts 8:26) ‘Go south to the road – the desert road – that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ This seemingly mundane instruction leads to a man’s salvation.
Imagine what would happen if people all around the capital started hearing the Holy Spirit give them everyday instructions and then followed that prompting. What would happen if we asked God to prompt us to move and then actually moved?
In 2018, Share Jesus International, the charity that helps lead the London Mission Collective, ran an initiative which saw a weekly question sent to hundreds of Christians who were encouraged to ask the Spirit an ordinary question and see how He prompted them to respond.
After being sent the question ‘Who can I share my favourite Bible verse with this week?’ Beryl shared her favourite verse with her hairdresser. This led to the two women exchanging stories. Beryl was able to invite her hairdresser to a bereavement course at her church to help process a sudden death that the hairdresser was struggling with.
It is easy to get caught up in living life and forget to listen for the Spirit’s prompting in the everyday. But the importance of doing so is worth the time. These types of encounters can be part of people’s journey to faith; they can be life changing. Why not join us? Let’s see how the Spirit will prompt us and what impact that will have on London.
Elizabeth Legendre works for Share Jesus International which has over 20 years’ experience working with a broad range of church expressions across the UK. They help build confidence and competence in evangelism and create tried and tested resources to ensure you can share Jesus with confidence. To find out how to take part in Prompt, visit sharejesusinternational.com/prompt.