“They went upstairs to the room where they were staying.
They all joined together constantly in prayer.”
The hymn “Sweet Hour of Prayer” always makes me cringe a little bit.
A whole hour?
What does that say about me?
I can watch TV for an hour.
I can read a book for an hour.
I can talk to a friend on the phone for an hour.
But an hour of prayer sounds daunting, if not impossible.
Then I read Acts 1 and a mere sixty minutes on my knees didn’t seem like such a big deal.
After witnessing Jesus’ ascension, the eleven disciples walked back to Jerusalem, went upstairs, and prayed for ten days. I did the math. The resurrected Jesus spent 40 days on earth. Before ascending, Jesus told the disciples to go back to Jerusalem and wait for a special gift. The Holy Spirit came at Pentecost, which landed on the 50th day after Christ’s resurrection.
50 – 40 = 10
The room upstairs must have been big — there were 120 people up there, all of them joined together constantly in prayer. For ten days. Waiting for something. Not sure what.
Which begs some questions:
- Was it the same room in which Jesus and the disciples ate the Last Supper?
- Who owned the house where the room was?
- Did they use old Jewish prayers or was it extemporaneous?
- Did somebody lead or did everybody pray at once?
- Did anybody get testy?
Which begs some more questions:
- Could I meet with 120 church members in somebody’s attic and pray that long?
- Would we be able to take breaks?
- What about eating? Who would feed all of us?
- How long would I wait around for something to happen?
- Would I get testy?
“Whenever God determines to do a great work,
He first sets His people to pray.”
~ Spurgeon ~
Something has been stirring in my soul,
telling me to make prayer a priority this year.
Perhaps a great work of God is on the way.