Acts 2:17-18, 21 (NIV) – In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy…And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
“Up to this moment, God has acted by is spirit among his people, but it’s always been by inspiring one person here, one or two there – kings and prophets and priests and righteous men and women. Now, in a sudden burst of fresh divine energy released through the death and resurrection of Jesus, God’s spirit has been poured out upon a lot of people all at once. There is no discrimination between slaves and free, male and female, young and old. They are all market out, side by side, as the nucleus of God’s true people.
“This work of God is wonderfully inclusive, because there is no category of people which is left out: both genders, all ages, all social classes. But it is wonderfully focused, because it happens to all ‘who call on the name of the Lord’ (verse 21). All who call…will be saved.
“‘Being saved’ doesn’t just mean, as it does for many today, ‘going to heaven when they die’. It means ‘knowing God’s rescuing power, the power revealed in Jesus, which anticipates, in the present, God’s final great act of deliverance’. Peter will now go on to encourage his hearers to ‘call on the Lord’s name’, and so to know that ‘salvation’, that rescue, as a present reality as well as a future hope. If these really are ‘the last days’, then ‘salvation’ has already begun. Anyone who knows they need rescuing, whatever from, can ‘call on the Lord’ and discover how it can happen.” (N.T. Wright, Acts for Everyone, pp. 33-34)
As we worship with the song, “Same Power”, let’s pray in faith for God’s salvation in every area of our lives and for the circumstances of our brothers and sisters that they too would know God’s salvation. Let’s pray that God would give us His visions and dreams to direct our prayers and to increase our faith for these salvation moments.