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Devoted to the Word and Prayer (Acts 2:42)

“And they’ve devoted themselves to the Apostles teaching and the fellowship, the breaking of bread and the prayers.”

-Acts 2:42

And this is a simple summary of what the earliest church did. So the Gospel was just preached and at Pentecost and thousands of people have just come to Christ. They’ve been baptized.

Acts 2:42 Reminds Us to Devote Ourselves to God’s Word

And so, from the very beginning, what are they devoting themselves to? They’re devoting themselves to the Apostle’s teaching. The teaching of God’s word through these apostles who represented Christ and His authority. That is what we see in the pages of the New Testament. They devoted themselves to that teaching.

They devoted themselves to fellowship. This community with one another. These were people who were separate, in a sense, from one another up until this point. Now they’re united together in Christ, reconciled to God. And they’re devoted to community with one another. To “the breaking of bread” is likely a reference to the Lord’s Supper and this memorial meal that Christ had given so that from the very beginning His people would always look back and remember His body and His blood and feast on the mercy and grace that are found at the cross. They devoted themselves to that.

This Verse Reminds Us to Devote Ourselves to Prayer

And the prayers. That they were devoted to praying, to seeking God together. And so I read that and I just think, “That’s such a simple picture.” So in my life, in your life, in our churches today are we devoted to these things? Are we devoted to the Word? Just the pure teaching of the Word. Not entertainment value and a talk or this or that just … We want the Word. We want to be taught the Word of God. The authoritative Word of God. We’re devoted to it.

God, help us to know you and know your Word.

Acts 2:42 Reminds Us to Devote Ourselves to Fellowship

And the fellowship. Devoted to community with other followers of Christ and loving and caring and serving one another and encourage one another and building each other up. Are we devoted to this memorial meal? Is it a regular practice? I think, oftentimes, we forget how central the celebration of Lord’s Supper intended to be among God’s people. So we need to remember continually to examine our hearts and our lives in light of the bread and the cup and remember that one day that Jesus is going to come back. We’re going to drink that cup together whether Him.

We proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. And then devote ourselves to prayer. Not just like in the beginning of a meeting or here or there in a service, but really are we devoted to prayer? So, may these things that they were devoted to in the very beginning be things that were devoted to today. “They devoted themselves the Apostles teaching in the fellowship, the breaking of bread and the prayers.” So let’s pray.

This Verse Leads Us to Ask God for Help

God. Help us to devote ourselves to these things. May we be people today in Your church who are devoted to the teaching of Your Word, to fellowship with one another, to the breaking of bread remembering of the sacrifice of Your Son on the cross, and may we be devoted to prayer. And may prayer not be supplemental in our lives and your church. May be fundamental in everything we do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and chairman of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, Counter Culture, and Something Needs to Change.

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