Thursday, 19 November 2020
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” – Acts 2:42
In the book of Acts chapter 2 verses 1 and 2, we read about one of the famous accounts of fellowship and corporate prayer as well as the powerful results it yielded, “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting”. The term “one accord” refers to being in agreement mentally about the same thing. The above encounter shows that, to the church in Acts, coming together to fellowship and prayer provoked the Holy Spirit to move mightily in their midst and great things started happening. When we all come together to pray at the same time for the same thing, the power of the Holy Spirit is released in a much greater way, bringing swift breakthroughs and answers to prayer. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life forevermore” [Psalm 133:1-3]. It is visible in the above scenarios that there is something amazing that happens when brethren gather to fellowship and pray, something so amazing that the heavens can’t help but shake.
What stands out for me about the encounter that the church in Acts had, is the fact that the Holy Spirit fell upon each and every one of them that was there, no one was excluded for any reason whatsoever. See, life is hard and we often go through trying times at some point in our lives. On this side of heaven, we face sickness, sin, death, and brokenness. As followers of Christ, we can find ourselves at a loss for words, helpless and discouraged. Praying becomes so difficult and throwing in the towel suddenly makes more sense. But something amazing happens when we gather with other believers to pray. The Bible says that we “encourage one another and build one another up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). You leave home feeling all worn out and as soon as you start hearing others lift you up to the throne of grace, you receive great encouragement. Knowing somebody is praying with us and carry part of the load makes it easier to deal with difficult situations in fact the word of God encourages it; “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” [Galatians 6:2]. They gathered together to pray and the Holy Spirit fell upon all of them, regardless of their different situations.
Something amazing happens when we gather with other believers to pray