Putting God's Word into Practice…

Acts 1 – Ordered to Wait

on June 20, 2012

Who likes to wait?  Not me!  It’s hard.  It takes faith that something is coming–that the waiting will come to an end.  Jesus ordered His followers to wait for the Holy Spirit who would come to them “not many days from now.”  That command leaves a lot of unanswered questions.  How many days?  What will it be like?  How will we know?  How can we prepare?

In verse 8 Jesus gave them a  few more details.  The Holy Spirit will give them power–not just power for anything but to be witnesses of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.  He also told them where they would be His witnesses–everywhere!  A great mission, needs a great God to empower it!

The disciples are left with another promise in verse 11.  The angels promised that Jesus will come back again–in person!  (We are still awaiting the fulfillment of that promise.)  Instead of staring into the sky indefinitely, they all trouped a half mile back to the upper room…to wait.

There are so many things I could think to do while I waited for days…worry, fret, talk, cry, plan, clean, eat, etc…but not the disciples.  Verse 14 says, “ALL these with ONE ACCORD were DEVOTING themselves to PRAYER, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and His brothers” (who finally believed Jesus was the Savior).  Oswald Chambers once said, “Prayer doesn’t fit us for greater work; prayer is the greater work.”  There could be no better way for Christ’s followers to fill their time waiting.  Prayer and waiting should always go together.

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