Praising God Together Every Day

Daily God Walk for Thursday, November 17, 2011

 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God.– Acts 2:46-47

 The early days of the church were days of amazing grace and wonder. Jerusalem seemed filled with folks who had believed in Jesus and had been born into His kingdom.

There were all kinds of folks whose lives had been affected by the Christ. Some of them were from the rulers of the Jews, but most of them were just common folks who had believed in Jesus. Now, regardless of their station in life, they gathered in small groups in their homes to break bread and praise God.

Apparently they established a pattern early on. The pattern was that they “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (v42). Our verses today give a little more explanation to their pattern; they went daily to the temple courts for prayer then they went to their homes, apparently in groups, where they broke bread together and had a time of fellowship and praising God.

When I was very young there were several churches in our town with the name of “Revival Center.” These churches would have meetings nearly every night of the week with a parade of evangelists coming through. I remember that as a time of having a lot of fellowship with other believers.

We not only went to church together frequently we also had others to our house for dinner fairly regularly. Many of my fondest memories are of setting around the table listening to mom and dad recite stories of healings and miracles which had happened in our family.

I’m afraid too many of us have gotten away from meeting together with other believers on a regular basis just to fellowship, break bread and praise God for his many wonderful works. Our lives are too busy and our interests too varied. It might be time to get back to celebrating our faith like those early believers did.

 Prayer: Lord, help me to get back to the basics of fellowship, breaking bread and praising you frequently with others. Amen.

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