Acts 2:37-44 – “Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” 38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 “For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” 40 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!” 41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. 42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
43 Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.” NASU
If you read the entirety of the chapter you find that they were in one place and in one accord (a novelty in today’s world). As they were assembled there waiting on the Promise of the Spirit as Jesus has promised the Holy Spirit showed up mightily. People around them thought they were all drunk, but Peter under the inspiration and anointing of the Holy Spirit preached and the result is seen in the above verses. Three thousand souls were added to the church that day. How many were saved is not fully known because they normally only counted men not women and children so who knows how many actually came to Christ that day. They then did what is absent too often in today’s world as verse forty-two depicts.
They were “continually” devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayer. That is not the normal course of events today in the modern church world. Then verse forty-three goes a step further and states that they (everyone) kept feeling a sense of awe, and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. In Today’s church, many would likely be scared out of their wits if there were signs and wonders done in it. I dare say that too often we are more concerned about what we are going to eat, wear, or something other than Continually devoting ourselves to the teachings of the Gospel, to fellowship, breaking bread and prayer. Oh we’ve got the ‘breaking bread’ part down pat and talk a lot about fellowship but do we have ‘koninia’ – [communion and community] becoming one in Christ.
I suggest that if we truly seek the face of the LORD GOD and invite Him into our lives and midst He will show up and when He does He will be God! Remember that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If you are queasy about not having control and seeing the supernatural demonstrated in your midst I would suggest that you might not want to pray that prayer. But, if you are hungry for God and are willing to allow Him to stretch your current understanding and beliefs then pray it and willingly allow Him to become Lord of All in your life, home, business, and church.
Blessings as you go through your day!