“They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.” (Acts 1:14, NIV84)
Jesus has ascended into heaven and the angels have told the disciples to go back into town and to wait. But even for them, the future is pretty uncertain. The only thing that Jesus promised them was that there would be a plan and a direction. So what do they do? They “join together constantly in prayer”! This is going to be a new pattern for me as I go into the new year (2012). I don’t often enough pray on my own or get together with like-minded Christians to pray for direction and discernment. I think we all need to see why it was so important for the disciples to join together in prayer. Their only physical connection to the kingdom of God (Jesus) was now gone. Prayer was their only way to stay connected to God’s kingdom. So it is no surprise that we find them constantly doing it.
Are you like me? Do you have more questions than you have answers? Do you have doubts and concerns? Then, like me, you too need to resolve to be more committed to prayer. We need to boldly go before the throne of God so we might gain direction and discernment. Shortly after the disciples made their commitment to prayer, they experienced the powerful indwelling of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Three thousand people came to faith that day. Just imagine what the Lord might be able to do today with the body of Christ that commits themselves to one-minded prayer. Or on a smaller scale, imagine what God might be able to do in your personal life to bring answers to your questions and direction to your journey.
Let’s be in constant prayer!