FOR FRIDAY TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Acts 2:37-42
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts 2:42; New Revised Standard Version)
One thing I have learned through the years is that our spiritual lives can only develop and grow when we include both fellowship and prayer. There have been those times in my life when I was so busy making visits and attending meetings and keeping appointments that my prayer life was pretty much non-existent except for a quick nod to the Lord every now and then. Naturally, my relationship with God grew more distant and weak.
At other times in my life, when I would get tired of the times when others would anger and disappoint me, I would tend to isolate myself in a cocoon where I would seek a place where I could sing ala George Jones “Me and Jesus got a good thing going; Me and Jesus got it all worked out”. I thought I could get through life without having to deal with the complexities of dealing with others. Not!
I’ve discovered that my relationship with God suffers when I refuse to fellowship with others and my relationship with others suffers when I fail to be in prayer with God. Maybe that’s why the greatest commandment includes both love of God and love of neighbor.
PRAYER: Loving Lord, draw us ever closer to You so that we all might be drawn closer to one another. Amen.