Prayer – An Amazing Provision
“These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication…! ” Acts 1:14
Here we have it … for fear, the disciples had locked themselves away from the world, while they waited for ‘the Comforter’ to come (John 15:26). And we can understand how they were feeling as we’re locked away from friends and family, in fear at this time of Corona-virus. What can we learn from these disciples?
The subject, ‘these’, are the disciples – those that follow Jesus, and believe in a Saviour who came into this world, to die for their sins that they might be saved, and have a deeper love for God. These are they that will now obey God’s Word and live for Christ.
Do you believe? Do you know Jesus as your loving Saviour? Do you obey God’s Word?
The verb is, continued, and I love this, for while their circumstances had changed: they were locked down and afraid, yet it didn’t stop them doing what they normally did. Maybe this lockdown for us makes us think about what is really important in life. For these disciples, what was important to them was prayer – really it was a relationship with God, and nothing in this life could ever take that away from them.
What’s important in your life? Will it last or will it be lost?
with one accord
There is something about this phrase,’with one accord‘ that I like. It reminds me of a musical chord that you might play on a guitar. If you just play one note, it’s fine and you can get the tune, but if you play a chord, 3 or 4 notes together, then it’s more beautiful. And even if my playing is not great, it’s harmonic, and this should be a bit like our lives. When we are in tune with God through the Lord Jesus, and are living for the Lord, then it will be a beautiful music to our ears and to God’s ears.
in prayer and supplication
It’s great that the disciples did not have to go to a temple to pray, because we’re not talking about a physical place, but a spiritual place – ‘before God’ (Acts 10:4). They were before God’s holy presence in Jesus Christ, for he said: “destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19). John tells us in verse 21 that ‘he spake of the temple of his body’.
Now, because of Christ’s death and resurrection, we can get to the Father only through the temple which is Jesus Christ. For as Jesus told His disciples, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. “(John 14:6)
Have you found your way into the presence of God through Jesus Christ?
But what were they doing before God? Well, as we read in Acts 1:14: “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication!”
The word supplication, means, the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly. So, they were praying to God: praying humbly and praying earnestly, because they had heard Jesus say: “When you pray, enter into your closet and when you shut the door, pray to your Father (spiritual Father) which is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly!” (Matt 6:6). They knew that this is where the blessing is found.
Are you in need? Are you praying like the disciples? Have you even thought to pray?
Remember the promise of God: “When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.“ (Isaiah 41:17)