Our verse for today comes from Acts 2:42, ” And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. “
My son asked me this weekend what zealous meant. It was somewhat ironic because he is the one of our six children who can be most zealous about his particular interests and causes. When he gets locked in on something, it can consume his time and energy like nothing else. The evidences of some of his zealousness can be seen in his bedroom, the garage, and all about our yard. My other son needed to get caught up on some Bible reading this weekend, so he spent a good portion of time in the Book of Acts. I guess my mind must have subconsciously pondered over these two events, because eventually my thoughts landed on the zealousness of the early church. In fact, there was more to it than that, as I had just discussed with my fifth grade Sunday school class the dramatic conversion of Saul on the road to Damascus. If there was ever anyone zealous for his cause, it was Saul as he persecuted the young church. And just as fervently as he sought to wipe out the followers of Jesus, he then carried that same fire within him after he was saved, as he led the cause of Christ. And I bet the early church had something to do with that.
You see, they were zealous about several things. And one of them was prayer. And if that’s true, then I have to believe that one of their main points of prayer, even beyond their own safety from his persecution, was for the salvation of their nemesis, Saul. How could they gather together daily and not lift up the man who was trying so hard to take them down?
How could they not pray for the instrument of Satan to become a man of God? It’s what the apostles’ teachings entailed. It’s a path each of them had been on to some degree before they too met Jesus. And so, would they not have sought God to do the same work in Saul that He had done in each of them? If they were zealous they would. If we were zealous, we would, too. We know about teaching and preaching, and especially the breaking of some bread. Let’s get devoted about praying for the lost.
As we seek Him today, commit to praying zealously, fervently, and devotedly for some who do not know Jesus.