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Pentecost Prep

Weekly Devotionals

Pentecost Prep

In 2 weeks, we will celebrate one of the most important and yet underrated holy days in our calendar…Pentecost.  Though originally this was a celebration of the giving of the law on Mt. Sinai (which happened 50 days after Passover when the Israelites left Egypt), we now celebrate it as the giving of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2), who is the fulfillment of the law.  He is the law “written on our hearts” (Heb. 2:15) who guides us and molds in conformity with the image of the Son of God (Rom. 8:29).

But what led up to this cataclysmic event?

Right before Jesus ascends into heaven, He tells His disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit who will empower them to bear witness to the ends of the earth.

12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk[c] from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. (Acts 1:12-14)

They all joined together in prayer.

Prayer together was the crucial factor that enabled the disciples (not just the 12) to be in the right place at the right time.  They sought the face of God.  They eagerly awaited the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus promised just 10 days earlier.  They were poised to receive this quintessential revelation of God…the very Presence of God, powerfully manifested in them.  Prayer was not only the crucial factor that enabled them to receive the Holy Spirit, prayer was the crucial factor that enabled them to remain in the power Holy Spirit.

After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. (Acts 4:31)

Someone once said, “When we work, we work.  When we pray, God works.”  Which would you rather have flowing through your plans and executions?  Human energy or Divine energy?  Human wisdom or Divine wisdom?  Human purposes or Divine purposes?  The only way we can gain the energy, wisdom and purposes of God flowing in us and through us is if we align ourselves with Him in prayer.

Notice also that this was not merely individual prayer, but prayer together.  Individual prayer is good and necessary.  But when we pray together, it seems that there is an intensification that happens where there is more alignment between heaven and earth.  More people are on the same page with God in the same space/place at the same time.  When there is such a convergence of God’s people plus GOD HIMSELF, then cataclysms are inevitable!

So…how shall we pray…together?