“On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God.”
Acts 4:23-24a, NIV
The monks at a remote monastery deep in the woods followed a rigid vow of silence. Their vow could only be broken once a year-on Christmas-by one monk. That monk could speak only one sentence. One Christmas, Brother Thomas had his turn to speak and said, “I love the delightful mashed potatoes we have every year with the Christmas roast!” Then he sat down. Silence ensued for another 364 days.
The next Christmas, Brother Michael got his turn and said, “I think the mashed potatoes are lumpy, and I truly despise them!” Once again, silence ensued for 364 days.
The following Christmas, Brother Paul rose and said, “I am fed up with this constant bickering!”
Peter and John had just been released from detainment. Who did they run to? The New King James and New American Standard Bibles say, “…they went to their own companions…” The New International Version says, “…they went back to their own people…”
John Donne is quoted as having said the famous phrase “No man is an island.” Everyone needs someone…their own company…their own people… friends. Moses had Aaron. Joshua had Caleb. Elijah had Elisha. David had Jona-than. Jesus had Peter, James, and John. Paul had Barnabas, Silas, and Timothy. Who do you have? Maybe you have not because you ask not. Maybe it is time for you to sow friendliness that you might reap a friend or two. We all need someone to go to…someone who genuinely loves us and cares about what we care about… someone who welcomes us even when we have a need or are in trouble… someone who will not bicker, complain, or criticize, but who will pray for and with us.
QUESTION: Will you pray today and ask God to give you a personal dream team? Are their any hindrances in your life that are stopping you from having significant relationships? Can you identify them and ask the Lord to help you change?