Wait and Pray

“They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus.” Acts 1:14

The Day of Pentecost was a miraculous outpouring of the Holy Spirit’s power for the blessing of all who were in Jerusalem. It brought glory and honor to God, and continues to carry a blessing to us even today. The blessing lies in what we can learn from Pentecost.

 One of the lessons Pentecost teaches is that when God tells us to wait, we must wait. In Acts 1:4, before Jesus ascended into heaven, the Bible tells us, “Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, ‘Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before.’” Jesus’ followers obeyed this command to wait. Unlike those at Pentecost, we tend to give up too quickly and miss out on God’s blessing in our life and the lives of others.

A second lesson we can learn from Pentecost is to pray. Acts 1:14 tells us, “They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus.” The Bible repeatedly reminds us of the importance of prayer. We must pray constantly, without stopping (I Thessalonians 5:17) in order to fully realize the power of God’s Holy Spirit in our lives and the lives of those around us.

Is there an area of your life in which God has asked you to wait and pray? May you wait and pray, believing that the Holy Spirit’s power is every bit as real and available to you as it was at Pentecost.

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