Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2

Affirmation in Prayer

Affirmation in Prayer


 “Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and the news about him spread through the whole country side.” (Luke 4:14)

When John the Baptist seemed to hit bottom while imprisoned and facing death, he called on Jesus and said, “’Are you the one…or should we expect someone else?’” (Luke 7:19b) Jesus affirmed John by confirming that He is the Messiah and that His Word is true. Full of the Spirit (Luke 4:14), he had previously read from Isaiah 61 in the Nazareth Synagogue, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me…he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed….” (Luke 4:18a)

Jesus answered John’s question demonstrating that His miraculous works of God fulfilled the Word of God validating that He is the Messiah. “…report to John…The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised and the good news is preach to the poor.” (Luke 7:22b)

As you pray in the New Year, call on Jesus to strengthen you in prayer in the power of the Holy Spirit as you see the Works of God in the Word of God and in response to your prayers. He will give you affirmation and encouragement as you freshly encounter Jesus the Messiah. At Christmas we worshiped Jesus as the Messiah who was born in Bethlehem to later endure the cross and rise again for our redemption. In the New Year let us walk powerfully in step with Him as led by the Holy Spirit.

Whether you hit bottom or find yourself on the mountain top, continue to look to Jesus in prayer. His Kingdom work that began in your heart, continues and will be completed in you as He has promised. Charles Wesley wrote,

 “He breaks the pow’r of canceled sin, He sets the pris’ner free; His blood can make the foulest clean; His blood availed for me.”

 “Hear Him ye deaf; His praise ye dumb, your loosened tongues employ; You blind, behold your Savior come; and leap, ye lame, for joy.” (Oh For A Thousand Tongues to Sing)

Happy New Year!

Greg Murphy – Minister, Family Care