What if the God of Acts 2 was the God we worshipped and believed in?

In Acts 2, we read of a God who met with His people as they prayed. He was a God who descended down on them in His Spirit. He gave them the gift of utterance and their hearers the gift of hearing so that everyone heard the gospel in his or her own language. He gave Peter boldness to speak the truth while pulling no punches and barring no holds. His word pierced the hearts of those who heard. The same people could not help but ask, “What must we do to be saved?” 
 
In the end, 3,000 people responded to the call of the Holy Spirit and were saved. The Lord saved them and sanctified them. He moved them beyond the point of conversion and baptism. Those saved at Pentecost became disciples devoted to the Apostles’ teaching and the fellowship of the saints. They became known for the power of their prayers, the common love they shared, their generosity and their worship.
 
What if we believed in and worshipped the God of Acts 2? Oh, we occasionally believe in and worship that God who is the one true God. On Sundays, we sing to and praise a God who is “Mighty to Save” who’s “Blood Will Never Lose Its Power” who’s “A Mighty Fortress.” We sing of a risen Christ who alone is able to make us stand. But the god we believe in and worship during the week is a totally different person.
 
The god we most often think of and believe in is a short-armed god. He is weak—powerless to give us victory in our daily struggles. He is deaf, mute, dead, and spiritless. He’s a god formed in the pits of hell and the one Satan hopes to sell us. Too often we are all too willing customers. 
 
The 21stCentury American church desperately needs a 1stCentury-Acts 2-Spirit-filled-revival. Our church culture needs a reset. How do we get there? It all begins with prayer… prayer to the God of Acts 2 and the God to whom we sing on Sunday mornings.
 
Pray for God to bring us together in one place. The first disciples understood that revival had nothing to do with who ruled the nation or which judges sat on the courts. Every revival in scripture and in history began with the people of God gathering together in one heart and mind to seek life from the Giver of life.
 
Pray for His Spirit to fall on us. In Acts 2, the Spirit descended on the disciples in tongues of fire. That sounds absolutely terrifying to me. I am probably not ready for it, but I want to be made ready. Join me in praying that God will move us to want to want Him to totally upend our lives with the power of His presence.
 
Pray for Him to give us the gift of utterance. In Acts 2, every people group heard the gospel in their own language. This gift that was given to the disciples was a big part of what amazed their hearers so. Pray that God would give us the gift to speak the language of the lost people all around us. Pray that God would give them ears to hear. 
 
Pray for Him to give us boldness. When Peter spoke, he did so with boldness. Read his sermon. You will see no timidity, no fear, just direct and confrontational truth. He made the astounding claim, “God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified” (Acts 2:36). Peter could not have said anything more offensive to the Jews gathered for the feast. Sure, some were offended, but then many of them were also saved! For Peter, it was worth it to offend some (or even most) so that many could be saved. We need God to give us this kind of boldness in the 21stCentury where the custom is to avoid offending at all costs. 
 
Pray for a lot of people to get saved. In the end, God is the one who pierces hearts. He is the one who calls out and gives life to cold dead hearts. We need to see Him do a lot of that. Pray that unsaved people in the church would be saved. Pray that unsaved pastors would get saved. And pray that those who are saved would be transformed into disciples of Christ.