When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. Acts 2:1
When reading this passage in English, it is easy to glide right through the phrase “all with one accord in one place and understand it as simply being in all in the same room. But an examination of the Greek using Strong Dictionary reveals 3 Greek words – hapas, homothumadon and paradechomai. Below are the definitions with homothumadon broken down into its own root words.
Hapas is simple easy to understand word translated “all”, it has the connotation of absolutely all, everyone, or the whole.
Homothumadon is a more complex word and by splitting it in half and examining the root a much more powerful meaning then one accord is found. Homo means “the same” which is still used in English like homogenize as process that keeps cream from dividing from the milk. So far to review we have – absolutely everyone has the same … thumadon. The root word thuo has a sacrificial connotation and means to rush like in to breathe hard, blow or smoke. Now that we have the root understanding Thumadon means passion as if breathing hard. So to put it together so far “Absolutely everyone has the same sacrificial passion. Everyone has laid down or died to other passions and agenda’s, we are all burning with passion for the presence of God.
Paradechomai means to intimately receive, admit near, delight in; it is intense word indicating a deep reception.
So lets put it all together – “Absolute everyone with the same sacrificial passion, blowing and burning with passion for the presence of God, all barriers down delighting in allowing God to deeply and intimately baptize our hearts.”
The word Homothumadon sheds light on the prayers of the saints being related to the alter of incense. The whole group was performing their duty as priests, praying for the promise, to receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them.
The alter of incense was always burning in the holy place. Just before a priest would go into the holy of holies he would find a hot spot of coals at this alter, scoop them up with a censor, put incense on the coals, and enter in to the presence of God.
Jesus, our High Priest, is looking for a hot spot. Servants waiting upon their master, dead to self, on the alter, united with one burning passion, blowing and burning for the fire of God. God answered this kind of prayer with Acts 2:2-3 “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.”
There is a prophetic element in this; just before God came with wind and fire, the intercessors were blowing and burning with passion. They heard from Jesus what God was going to do next, and came to the place where they were doing the very thing in a small part what God was doing in large measure. At that point it was appropriate for God to release the promise.
This is the prayer model that we need. We come together and worship and present ourselves living sacrifices. We wait on the Holy Spirit and ask what He wants to do. We begin to pray out loud and expect His prophetic intercession to flow through us.
Do you want the fire of God? Will you sacrifice yourself, your agenda, and your ministry? Are you willing die and wait with burning passion for His Baptism of Fire?