“They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (Acts 2:42, NAS)
This verse is a snapshot of Church-life just following Pentecost in its simplicity, purity, and innocence. "It is the Spirit who gives life" (John 6:63a, NAS). It also notes the four safeguards of spiritual life, including prayer, that protect our faith, like fencing around the young green shoot of the early Church.
The Holy Spirit’s outpouring at Pentecost increased the frequency, quality, and scope of ministry and prayer in individuals as well as the Church as a whole. As believers’ hearts were expanded by the Spirit, the frequency of their gatherings increased. They met daily (Acts 2:46), cared daily (Acts 6:1), won souls daily (Acts 2:47), searched the Scriptures daily (Acts 17:11), and increased in number daily (Acts 16:5). Their Christian faith was now a day-to-day prayer reality.
Luke encapsulates the Church's spirit-filled situation as being "built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied." (Acts 9:31b, ESV). While all believers are depicted as endowed with the Spirit, the book of Acts records believers, filled with the Spirit experiencing the supernatural, including Peter (Acts 2, 3, 4, 10, 12), Stephen (Acts 6, 7), Philip (Acts 8), Barnabas (Acts 11, 15), Agabus (Acts 11,21), and Paul (Acts 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 27, 28).
This Holy Spirit tongues of fire experience of Pentecost also increased devotion to God through prayer. Any genuine power encounter or outpouring of the Holy Spirit will always be followed by an increased love of prayer. Let us pray together…
All-Powerful Life Changing Father God, thank You for sending us the Holy Spirit, the One who wields the power that brings us to faith in Jesus and helps us to understand our walk with You. Thank You for the generous ministry of the Spirit, whose chief function is to connect us to Your Word, illumine Jesus' teaching, to glorify His person, and to work in the life of every individual believer and the Church. We love You Lord and we are humbled by Your greatness! Fill us up with the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit. Forgive us for neglecting to pray for others and forgetting to pray in the Spirit. In Jesus’ Name we pray, amen.