It makes good sense to talk about the power of life and prayer together on the weekend of Pentecost. Pentecost was formerly a day when the ancient world celebrated the first fruits of the harvest season, but it also became the official day marking the beginning of the Christian church. After Jesus' resurrection and Ascension, his followers were trying to sort out their new way of life and mission. In Acts 2, we get the story of the Spirit of God showing up and ushering in a whole new kind of harvest season.
If you haven't read the story in a while, there's no better time than right now. Go ahead, we'll wait.
You'll notice as you make your way through that the Spirit of God shows up to connect people. The Spirit helps them understand each other through all the language and communication barriers that exist in a diverse world.
You might notice that Simon Peter stands up and quotes the old Prophet Joel who predicted a day when the Spirit of God would unite sons and daughers of God, inspire young and old, and empower the poor. The name of Jesus, combined with the power of the Spirit at work in God's people is supposed to change the world.
It's all right there in one chapter. Right away, with the Spirit present, they started learning, giving, breaking bread, woshiping, and praying.
And from these early days, somehow the story of Jesus made its way to you. Through meals, prayer, service, and just plain hanging out.
So how are you moving the story along? How are you spending your meals? With whom do you pray? Where do you need the Spirit of God to intervene and translate?
Don't worry—according to the book of Acts, only the fate of the whole world depends on the answers to these questions.