Acts 2 – Prayer and fasting Journal – January 3, 2017 – Pastor Dennis Shillingburg
Acts 2:1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
The first description of the disciples at Pentecost – “they were all together in one place”. How many times were you in one place with people today but not at all together? There were a lot of things happening the day the Holy Spirit moved on mankind at Pentecost. The most relevant – those who would experience God’s present outpouring, were in one place, together. Can you imagine Peter distracted, stepping out of the upper room, declaring “Hold that thought Holy Spirit, I have to take this call”? Or John the beloved so focused on his revelatory encounters feedback on Facebook, that he told the Holy Spirit to go ahead start the baptism without him. Perhaps Mary taking selfies and posting them on snapchat with the heading, “waiting for a promise”. Sounds ludicrous I know, and I run the chance of sounding judgmental – I am working on the same things. Of all the good technology has done for the modern church, one big negative is how easy it has become for us to be in the same place, but not together. Over the last year our family has decided to reinstitute eating dinner together, as often as possible, at the dinner table with no distractions, except food. Being face to face with my family, listening to their day, laughing with each other, debating each other and even crying with each other over the tough stuff – God meets us. This year I have been asking the Lord for more of His presence in my life and I am finding Jesus words ringing true more and more; “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matt. 18:20
Together in one place is a vital key to experiencing more of God’s presence in our lives. Experiencing more of His presence can start at home around the dinner table, making time to be together in one place. If you live alone, don’t eat alone – invite someone over to eat with you – you both will be blessed when you experience His presence as you are together.