Devoting themselves to prayer

RE Verse reading–Acts 1:12-14, 2:1-18 (day three)  “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”  (1:14)  I wonder what these days were like for the disciples.  Exciting?  Joyful?  Or were they hard with spiritual struggle?   I remember that Peter and James and John had stuggled with prayer in the garden.  Was it still a difficult discipline for them? “We wrestle not against flesh and blood”  (Ephesians 6:2)  Our text suggests an answer.  “Devoting themselves” translates a word that meant “to be strong toward”.  It implies a measure of resolve, a necessary struggle.  This hour required them to be strong against distractions, brave against fears.  It is the same with us.  Even with the promises of God and the expectation of exciting days ahead, our participation via prayer will still require energy and devotion.  “Watch and pray. . .the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak”  (Matthew 26:41)

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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