“What comes next is very important: I am sending what My Father promised to you, so stay here in the city until He arrives, until you’re equipped with power from on high.” Luke 24:49 (MSG)
Just before His ascension, Jesus told His followers that He was going back to the Father and would ask the Father to send the gift of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 1:4 (NIV), Jesus said,
“Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift My Father promised, which you have heard Me speak about.”
He told them they would receive Divine power, enabling them to do all that He had commanded them and to live a quality of life that had no other explanation but Christ indwelling them by His Spirit! They would share His life! Then He ascended into heaven! He was gone.
For ten days, those disciples gathered in an upper room in Jerusalem to pray and wait. They had no idea when the promise of the Holy Spirit would come or how His indwelling presence would change their lives. In Acts 1:14, Luke tells us that about 120 Christ followers all joined together constantly in prayer. As they waited, they prayed and on the day of Pentecost, God sent the Holy Spirit with an extraordinary manifestation of power and life-change! 3,000 people would receive Christ and be baptized that day!
What if they had grown impatient? What if they got tired of waiting after day 3 or 4, or even day 9, and gave up deciding that nothing was going to happen. Thank God they didn’t. They persevered in prayer. They stuck together and God came through just as He said He would! God always keeps His promises. Sometimes the waiting can be challenging though. Prayer enables you to keep on keeping on! I have a friend who gave me an acronym for prayer in the waiting room he called P.U.S.H. It stands for Pray Until Something Happens. I like that.
Maybe this is where you find yourself today. Don’t give into discouragement or impatience. Don’t give up on God’s promise. Find a prayer partner to pray with you and for you. I believe the fellowship of others in prayer sustains our faith and keeps us focused on God. This is the value of a local church family and a life group to belong to. Faith is not just a matter of believing but of belonging as well. Those 120 Christ followers joined together constantly in prayer and they experienced the outpouring of God’s Spirit. His Spirit is here today. He indwells the lives of Christ followers and empowers us to be all God wants us to be and to do all God wants us to do. He even helps us when we don’t know what to pray or how to pray.
If you’re in the waiting room, pray. Pray until something happens!