Acts 1:12-14 (NIV)
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. 13 And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14 All of these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
Wouldn’t you love to be a fly-on-the-wall? To hear their prayers?
To know what was on their hearts and on their minds.
Excitement? Curiosity? Apprehension?
Whatever it was they were lifting it all up to God through the risen (and now ascended) Christ.
Who was and is now seated at ‘the right hand of the Majesty on high, …’ (Heb 1:1).
Who was acting as their ‘… great high priest …’ (Heb 4:14) and interceding for them; indeed ‘… for us.’ (Rom 8:34)
The fact that they were devoting themselves to prayer sounds to me like it was a full-on, wholehearted, totally committed time of intercession.
And even though the circumstances surrounding these events are quite specific, it isn’t a big stretch to expect Christians to always be devoted to prayer. (Rom 12:12, NASB)
prayer : please help me to be devoted to prayer
action : ‘… pray without ceasing, …’ (1Th 5:17)