Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem—a Sabbath day’s journey away. When they arrived, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. They all were continually united in prayer, along with the women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
The resurrected Jesus told His disciples in Acts 1:8 that they would receive power and be His witnesses, telling His story, right there in Jerusalem where they were staying. From Jerusalem, the gospel would spread across the region of Judea. From Judea, they would then go across lines of cultural tension to bring it to even the Samaritans. This cultural tension long lingering between the Jews of Jerusalem and their distant relatives still using an ancient altar setup by Abraham was the context behind Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan. From Jerusalem to all of Judea, across cultural lines to Samaria, the testimony of the disciples would go out to all the earth until you heard it. Does it cease with you?
Note the important presence of women among the revolutionaries in this text. These words were written long before women had the same legal standing as men. No other religious worldview holds women in such high esteem historically as Christianity. That women would be the first people to share the news of the resurrected Jesus was truly revolutionary.
Note also the words of verse 14, “They were all continually united in prayer.” All of them prayed. They prayed without ceasing. They prayed in a way that was united. Join the rest of Highlands Community Church in praying that we would help people of all nationalities, races, and ethnicities in our incredibly diverse area find and follow Jesus. God broke history in half with these motley, ragtag, uneducated, and imperfect disciples named in verse 13. What might He do through Highlands Community Church?
List the reasons you stop praying. Look at this list with a machete. You know what to do.
Pray: Rejoice all day. Pray constantly. Thank God for every single thing He does today. (1 Thess. 5:16-18)