Reading: Acts 1-2
Summary: As Jesus came to earth, He left it with only a handful of witnesses to the event. His disciples still were not understanding fully the nature of the kingdom to be established, but the coming Holy Spirit would infallibly guide them in their understanding and teaching. Jesus gave very specific instructions to the apostles about their activities in the coming days as they waited for the “promise of the Father.” So Acts 2 stands as a major turning point in the history of faith: God’s Spirit is poured out on all flesh, the church is established, men are saved in their response to the gospel’s powerful message.
Waiting and Prayer
Waiting is hard. Especially for action takers, not doing anything (or so it seems) is trying.
Jesus told the apostles to wait. From the Mount of Olives where they saw Him ascend into heaven, He told them to go into the city and “stay…until you are clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). But did that mean do nothing? Hardly.
After they returned to Jerusalem and convened to the upper room where they were staying they “were devoting themselves to prayer” (Acts 1:14). Later, after the Holy Spirit had come (the “power from on high” mentioned in Luke 24:49) and the 3,000 were saved on Pentecost, they all were all devoting themselves to prayer (Acts 2:42).
It’s also worth recalling that during the early days of the church in Jerusalem a problem regarding the daily distribution of food was brought to the apostles. They delegated the handling of this important and potentially volatile issue to others so they might devote themselves to prayer (Acts 6:4).
Do you see a pattern here? Continual devotion to prayer characterized the apostles and early Christians.
How might we describe our patterns and habits of prayer? Would “continual devotion” be an apt description? Or would sporadic, hit and miss, occasional, and infrequent be more accurate?
May our prayer be that prayer would be a continual devotion of our lives.