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After the Lord ascended the disciples immediately returned to Jerusalem from nearby Mount Olivet and had a prayer meeting (vv. 12-13). When we face a difficult task or an important decision we shouldn’t rush into the work and hope it will turn out the way we think it should. Instead, our first step should be to pray for the Holy Spirit’s power and guidance. The reference to “a Sabbath day’s journey” is interesting. This distance was less than one mile. It points out how thoroughly Jewish these first disciples were. God had simply set the Sabbath apart as a day of rest, but the Jewish rabbis had made what should have been a blessing into a burden. They had added hundreds of additional rules like this “Sabbath day’s journey” rule, which had nothing to do with obeying God.
However, their going back to Jerusalem was a step of obedience. The Lord had commanded them that they must not depart from Jerusalem, but wait (v.4). They did not know how long they would have to wait, but they were willing to wait as long as it would take for the Lord to fulfill His promise of sending the Holy Spirit. They assembled in the upper room, which many think was the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark (v. 14). Note that at this time Jesus brothers were with the disciples. Before the resurrection they did not believe He was the Messiah. There were approximately 120 people (v. 15). This is the company of people that in ten days would be filled with the Holy Spirit, and God would use to change the course of history forever.
The key phrase of this passage is, “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication.” We see here a wonderful unity that bound them together in Christ. It has been said that prayer is both the thermometer and the thermostat of the local church. The “spiritual temperature” either goes up or down, depending on how much God’s people pray.
What do you think these people prayed for during this time? A good question to ask myself is, “What would I pray for under similar conditions?”
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. 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. All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
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Acts 1:1-5Waiting for the Holy Spirit
Acts 1:6-11Commissioned to Witness Everywhere
Acts 1:12-14Unity In Prayer Among the Brethren
Acts 1:15-26Peter Leads The Prayer Meeting
Acts 2:1-13A Special Sign for the Early Church
Acts 2:14-21Peter Preaches On Prophecy
Acts 2:22-28Peter Proclaims Jesus’ Resurrection Power
Acts 2:29-36Four proofs of the Resurrection and Ascension
Acts 2:37-47Characteristics of the early Church
Acts 3:1-10A lame man healed
Acts 3:11-16Supernatural healing of the crippled man
Acts 3:17-26Peter’s Message of Repentance
Acts 4:1-12Early Church Persecuted for their Faith
Acts 4:13-22Boldness Brings Results
Acts 4:23-31Prayer Produces Unity
Acts 4:32-37Sharing Shows Brotherly-Love