devoting themselves to prayer

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)

Kim+

prayer : please help me to be devoted to prayer

action : ‘… pray without ceasing, …’ (1Th 5:17)

equip the saints

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,” Ephesians 4:11-12 (ESV)

So let me see if I have this right.

God provides the church – the “body” of believers – with “apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers” to equip us, “the saints”, so we can “minister”.

What a great model!

I love this picture of us all working together to “build up the body”.

Each member an integral part of the whole. Doing his or her thing in such a way as to create something better.

It’s easy to think of “saints” as people who are somehow extra special; holier than thou; perfect; sinless.

But as believers we’re all “saints”.

Yes, we’re still sinners. However, we’ve been forgiven. Thanks to the grace of God.

And what we’re doing now is our small bit no matter how insignificant it may seem. Yet it’s still vitally important.

Kim+

prayer : thank God that I can serve Him and His body

action : continue to discuss with my pastor how I can best use my gifts through ministry