They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Pentecost stirred up a hunger for prayer within the church. People were brought together “in one place” (Acts 2:1). Through corporate prayer, they experienced a powerful unity, and this resulted in the Lord bestowing his blessings and “life forevermore” (Ps. 133:1, 3). This kind of prayer changes a church’s culture—and it becomes contagious! This kind of prayer brings about the favor of God and favor with other people. “They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:46-47).
Deep, unifying prayer lies at the heart of all spiritual movements. This kind of prayer is planted in the hearts of spiritually hungry Christians. “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1) together as the church did at Pentecost so that we can experience Paul’s prayer: “Make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind” (Phil. 2:2).
Lord, make us one—one like the early church on the day of Pentecost, one like the prayer of Jesus for us: “May [they] be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me” (John 17:23).
Prayer Journal Reflections
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you today about the Lord’s protection, direction, and revelation for your life and the life of the church?
—Larry McKain, District Superintendent, Chicago Central