What Does Acts 1:14 Mean?

These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

Acts 1:14(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

God's people are to be a praying people, united in Spirit and love, for we are one body, with one hope; one faith; one gospel; one Lord - one God and Father of us all. There is no more pure example of His own children, continuing in devoted persevering prayer and sustained supplication than this beautiful picture of the little flock of God on these days before Pentecost. They had been separated in the physical realm from the good Shepherd yet were waiting together in obedience for the promised Comforter, Who was to come in the Person of the gentle Spirit of holiness.

He is with you and He will be IN you, were their Saviour's comforting words to His confused disciples the night before He was betrayed. Their praying was no random thing, but had become their consistent occupation and constant employment and it was rooted in their trust in Christ and their hope in Him. You will be baptised with the Holy Spirit not many days from now were the final words that were still ringing in their ears as with one accord they devoted themselves to prayer.

Their interceding was no solitary, isolated existence for they were all united together in one place, pleadings as from one heart. There was no conflicting attitude; discordant purpose; or divided interests for they were praying with on accord. They were calling out to God in concert harmony, and perfect union with their heart-focused on Christ and His throne of grace.

This was a chorus of people who had experience the excruciating grief and intense pain of witnessing the deep agony and cruel death of their crucified Lord and Saviour together with an inner thrill and expectant hope that their risen; ascended and glorified Lord would send the Holy Spirit not many days from that amazing moment, when He had been taken up into heaven - only a few days earlier.

And so obedient to His command they were waiting in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father. They were all-together in one place and with one mind and were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, - and even Mary the mother of Jesus, and His own brothers were part of that praying company. And so, with one mind, they hammered on heaven's door.

God's people are still to be a praying people, united in Spirit and love - and although the enemy has sought to infiltrate the unity of the spirit and bond of peace in the body of Christ, with divisive doctrines and critical attitudes, the Lord's High priestly prayer that they may be One still remains today.

Let us, in our various circumstances, whether we are physically isolated from other believers or not, revive in our hearts that spirit of undivided-unity, persistent-prayer and a true heart-focus on Christ, which should permeate the lives of all believers, until it is not I but Christ that lives in me.

My Prayer

Loving Father help me to turn the eyes of my heart towards You in an attitude of persistent-prayer as did those first disciples of Christ. Thank You that I already have the indwelling Spirit of God to be with me and Who lives in me, to lead and guide in all the difficulties that I am facing. In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, I hand all my cares to You, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN

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