“And he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us.” – Mark 14:15
Jesus new that the time of His destiny was at hand and sought one last communion with His disciples before this faithful hour. Jesus Himself chose the place of this sacred communion where He would share these most precious moments with His closest followers. In reading this account we see that He chose an upper room. Later we see that upon His return after being raised from the dead, He met with them once again in what is assumed to be an “upper room”. We then see this theme continued in the book of acts on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came, and dwelt amongst those gathered praying in an “upper room.” So what’s the significance of the “upper room?”
When deciphering biblical symbolism in scripture, it is always a good practice to go back to the first mention of the thing you are researching and see the significance of it there. The very first mention of an “upper room” in scripture was in 1 Chronicles when David gave Solomon the plans for the Temple. At this time upper rooms were only associated with temples and palaces, and the priest and kings who occupied them. These were the only ones who could afford to construct these large, open, spacious, yet private rooms, secluded from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets below.
In later years, upper rooms became a bit more common among the homes of everyday people. However these large open rooms (often being the nicest room in the house) were usually reserved for special gatherings or as a lodging for esteemed and cherished guest. Therefor, if someone of importance was coming to visit you, you prepared your upper room to receive them.
Our greatest and most precious communion with God still comes when we prepare the upper room of our temple to receive a personal visitation from Him. Though God no longer dwells in temples made by men, He still comes to visit and commune with those who have prepared a place for Him in the upper room (mind) of their temple made not with hands (their body).
In short “The upper room” represents a place of prayer. A secret quiet time and place that you prepare and set aside for the habitation of your Lord and Master. A place of personal communion with God that you invite Him into and bid Him stay and sup with me awhile. It’s a mindset of prayer that is not at all one sided as most prayer tends to be, but is a two way communion by which you not only talk to Him but listen intently as He talks to you. A place set apart from the hustle and bustle of your busy life where you commune with God and He communes with you. Where loving Him becomes your main priority, hearing from Him becomes your main focus, and serving Him becomes your main desire. If you don’t have an “upper room”, it’s time you build one. Prepare a place of personal intimate prayer in your life and invite the Lord to come commune with you there daily. You will find that He is more then willing to. He is a good a gracious Master that loves to sup with His beloved.
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” – Psalms 91:1
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” – Jeremiah 33:3