After Jesus’ ascension, the small group of followers of Jesus (about 120, Acts 1:15) remain together. “Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away”(Acts 1:12). This is because Jesus had instructed them not to leave the city (Acts 1:4). All 11 of the apostles are present in “the upper room, where they were staying”(Acts 1:13).
What are they doing while they wait for Jesus’ promise to be fulfilled? “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). They are “devoting themselves to prayer.” Luke uses a word of extreme persistence and intensity. He will use it again to describe the first days after Pentecost (Acts 2:42). This is even more notable because the apostles were not nearly this united and spiritual during the three days after Jesus’ death. They have grown and learned. Prayer now bridges the gap between what they have learned and what they anticipate.
We need people. It is challenging for us to remain focused on what is good for us. We sometimes struggle to see and think clearly. The 120 do not simply seek God. They seek God together. Surely they tell stories and share memories of Jesus. Surely they muse over what his words mean. But by being together, they keep their focus on the unfolding of God’s plan.
------------- One Thing to Think About: Do I tend to withdraw from people who can help me or influence me toward good?
One Thing to Pray For: Faithful friends, brothers, and sisters
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