“Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 8:14-16, NKJV).
Now this is interesting. Why did Samaria need Peter and John to come down? The Samaritans already had Philip faithfully ministering to them. He had preached Christ to them. Hungry for God, they had been baptized.
And it’s not like Philip didn’t walk in the power of the Spirit. In fact, he was living such a supernatural life that a little farther down in the same chapter, we seem him being caught up by the Holy Spirit and bodily relocated elsewhere (vv. 39-40). No planes, trains, or automobiles necessary! The Spirit of God just picked him up and zapped him over to where he was next needed for ministry. Certainly, Philip was not lacking in Holy Ghost anointing moving in and through His life.
So why didn’t God just have him pray for the Samaritans to receive the Holy Spirit?
I believe the Lord put this detail here to remind us of the importance of interdependence in the Body of Christ. He never intended for any of us to run a one-man show… no matter how gifted or powerful we are in spirit. He delights in having us work together. He wants us to need each other. And we do. We desperately do. He created us incomplete without each other.
The Father never meant for you to go it alone. Isn’t that wonderful news?
Why do we sometimes try so hard to rely solely on ourselves?