Anticipation And Expectancy
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.” Acts 2:1
In one accord, in one place…in one accord, in one place
Those two factors reveal several things about this moment in the life of the Church.
First, Jesus told the disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they received power from on high. Then they would be His witnesses from Jerusalem to the cities throughout the region and beyond, even to the whole world. So, as they were gathered together in that room, in that place, they all shared one common, expectation and confident hope, that they would receive power and that power would make them ready to declare, to preach, to teach, to demonstrate through miracles, signs, wonders and healings, and to live the Gospel everywhere they went, to bless and to be blessed.
That was their single-minded one accord. Jesus had told them what would happen and they all come together with the same hope, the same anticipation and expectation that it would. They didn’t know how, but they knew what would happen. They would be endued [given a special attribute or quality] with power.
Now we have the opportunity at anytime to reach out to the Father with that same expectant hope and confidence as the body of Christ whenever we come together to receive from God a fresh empowering of the Holy Spirit.
Imagine if at anytime in our services of worship everyone would be in one accord with confident hope that what God has promised He will do. That a hundred and twenty were gathered together in one place with that single-minded attitude is almost a miracle in itself.
But think of this, Jesus said, if only two of us agree concerning anything that we ask it will be done for us by our Father in Heaven.
“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agreeon earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 18:19
There is a difference between two agreeing and two just saying they agree. True agreement is a matter of the heart, the actions and of the words we speak and believe. To agree as touching is to agree in the same way, as we would connect physically with something. There is a tradition of teams touching hand to hand before a competition to say we are all in this together and we’re in to win together.
Words are essential and fundamental to our faith— the Words we hear and the Words we speak. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. But then, there must be a doing of the Word; an action taken that puts “feet” to our faith. Without it our faith is dead. [James 2:17-26]
This is the touchstone for understanding this passage.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
If two really agree, then their faith, their anticipation, their expectation and their confidence are directed equally and without doubting toward what God has said and what they have asked of Him. They are in it together.
We come to God to make our petitions heard. In doing so, we acknowledge that He is and that He will reward us. When two of us agree about anything we ask in faith believing, we receive it from God.
That is the promise.
The songwriter wrote these words.
“O what peace we often forfeit
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry,
Everything to God in prayer.”
[“What A Friend We Have In Jesus” Words: Joseph M Scriven, ca. 1855]
Pentecost reminds us that we are connected to one another just as we are connected to our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father. When two of us pray in agreement God hears us and He responds favorably to our requests, because Jesus promised us He would.