PRAYER MEETING

Scripture Reading:  Acts 1:12-14

“All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and His brothers.” (Acts 1:14)

I find it interesting what the disciples did immediately after witnessing Jesus’ ascension into heaven — they went back to the upper room to pray.  Surely they were in awe of what they had just seen — “He (Jesus) was lifted up and a cloud took Him out of their sight” (v. 9).  Then they saw two angels who spoke these words to them:  “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven?  This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven” (v. 11).  The disciples must have remembered Jesus words to them when He ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father concerning the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (v. 4).

The disciples left the Mount of Olives after these events and went back into the city to the upper room.  There they were joined by the women who ministered to Jesus’ followers (Luke 8:2-3) and who witnessed the crucifixion and empty tomb (Luke 23:49, 55-56; 29:2-11).  Jesus’ family members were also present — His mother Mary and His brothers: James, Joses, Judas and Simon (Mark 6:3).  They all gathered together for prayer.

I imagine they were filled with joy as they reflected on all that had happened since Jesus was crucified.  They must have prayed prayers of praise and thanksgiving.  And I am sure they prayed that the Holy Spirit would come upon  them as Jesus had said He would.

The words of Psalm 33:1 come to my mind as I consider the prayer meeting the disciples had following the ascension:  “Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!  Praise befits the upright.”  I am sure there were many shouts of joy in the upper room that day.  And yes, “Praise befits the upright.”

Lord Jesus, I stop today to offer my prayers of praise and thanksgiving to You for all You have done for me.  Receive my praises as I lift up my voice and as I meditate upon Your beauty and glory.

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