“They devoted themselves constantly to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayers” (Acts 2:42).
Try to imagine three thousand people emerging wet from the thirty or so cisterns and pools scattered across Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost. All of them are newly baptized, a bit disoriented, thrilled to be saved but uncertain about their futures and wondering whether they will be thrown out of their synagogues. “What’s next?,” they ask. A familiar question. Today, many people have lost their jobs, our nation is badly divided, public health is at its worst in recent memory, and, for the moment, we’re finding it hard even to worship together! Acts 2:42 demonstrates how the early church came together in the midst of monumental challenges. There are four ingredients: teaching, because God has done everything He can to rescue us, and especially in hard times folks will want to know that, sharing, because there are so many needs and we have a rich opportunity to reveal the love of Christ, eating, because shared meals open up space for stories, gratitude, laughter, and memories (exactly what people need right now!), and prayers, because these form the spiritual ballast that steadies our walk with God. So today we’re praying, Lord, please unite us as we seek new ways to learn, share, eat, and pray together! God will surely show us a path forward as we join forces in offering this prayer, church. So please, take a moment to memorize it, and say it frequently throughout the day.