We talk a lot about Pentecost when 3,000 people were converted in one day. We pray fervently for the Holy Spirit to repeat this miracle today. But have you considered carefully what happened before that great day?
Consider what Ellen White writes about the 10 days leading up to Pentecost.
“As the disciples waited [in the upper room] for the fulfillment of the promise, they humbled their hearts in true repentance and confessed their unbelief. As they called to remembrance the words that Christ had spoken to them before His death they understood more fully their meaning. Truths which had passed from their memory were again brought to their minds, and these they repeated to one another. They reproached themselves for their misapprehension of the Saviour. Like a procession, scene after scene of His wonderful life passed before them. As they meditated upon His pure, holy life they felt that no toil would be too hard, no sacrifice too great, if only they could bear witness in their lives to the loveliness of Christ’s character. Oh, if they could but have the past three years to live over, they thought, how differently they would act! If they could only see the Master again, how earnestly they would strive to show Him how deeply they loved Him, and how sincerely they sorrowed for having ever grieved Him by a word or an act of unbelief! But they were comforted by the thought that they were forgiven. And they determined that, so far as possible, they would atone for their unbelief by bravely confessing Him before the world.”
“These days of preparation were days of deep heart searching. The disciples felt their spiritual need and cried to the Lord for the holy unction that was to fit them for the work of soul saving. They did not ask for a blessing for themselves merely. They were weighted with the burden of the salvation of souls. They realized that the gospel was to be carried to the world, and they claimed the power that Christ had promised” (Acts of the Apostles, p. 35-37).
And what was the result of these days of deep heart searching, surrender, and prayer? Let’s read on:
“The Spirit came upon the waiting, praying disciples with a fullness that reached every heart. The Infinite One revealed Himself in power to His church. It was as if for ages this influence had been held in restraint, and now Heaven rejoiced in being able to pour out upon the church the riches of the Spirit’s grace. And under the influence of the Spirit, words of penitence and confession mingled with songs of praise for sins forgiven…Lost in wonder, the apostles exclaimed, ‘Herein is love.’ They grasped the imparted gift. And what followed? … Thousands were converted in a day” (Acts of the Apostles, p. 38).
What a marvelous sight that must have been, to see all the miracles, the conversions, and the changed hearts, as the revival fire swept through Jerusalem and then into all the land!
It will happen again when we too, follow the steps of the disciples in that upper room!
Compiled by the United in Prayer team
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