“And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey. And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.” – Acts 1:4-14
He had told them not to leave Jerusalem until they had been endowed with power from on high, then He left without giving it to them. What next? It doesn’t make since! Do we plan? Do we plot! Do we take matters into our own hands and fight like the zealots? No, just obey, and wait. Trust what He said, pray for Him to come back again and finish what He started.
And so they gathered discreetly. Quietly hiding and praying intently for 10 days. I’m sure they asked God questions during that time of prayer and intercession. I’m sure they prayed for their brethren and their nation to be given the revelation of salvation through faith in the testimony of Jesus. I’m sure they prayed for protection for their loved ones and families. I’m sure they prayed for direction as to what God was doing and what they were to do next. Yet I think that most of all, they prayed for Jesus to come back.
He was the Messiah! The chosen one! The anointed! Their teacher! The power of the Kingdom of God on earth! He had walked with them, taught them, died and been resurrected! He had shown them that nothing was impossible with God! He had told them that He would empower them to be His witnesses! That they would go into all the world and preach His Message! Then, He left them. And they sat in the quiet seeing no difference.
They were breaking the law by gathering together to pray. The government, the other churches, and all the powers of Hell were against them. How would Jesus’ promises come to be in this situation? In this state of mind I believe that their main prayer would have been for Jesus to return to them to finish what He started. A battle in the mind to maintain faith in what He has told them and a cry in the heart for Him to come back to them. He had promised revival, so they prayed to the reviver, and after 10 days, He showed up!
Perhaps it was in a different way then they had expected, but it was exactly what God had promised non the less! Power from on high! Boldness, confidence, assurance that He was with them! Because as Jews they knew that when God showed up in the temple, Fire was seen to fall upon it! It had not happened for generations for the temple had been defiled, unholy, mixed with the world system and the Antichrist spirit! Yet now in this upper room, that fire was falling on them and in that moment they knew what that meant. They had been cleansed, atoned for, they had become His new temple! His fire now fell on them and His Spirit indwelled them! He was back and would be with them, wherever they went!
That got gifts that day, a new way to pray, but more then anything they got a revelation that could not be shaken by any person or situation. That God is faithful and will do what He tells you no matter how impossible, in ways far more grand and unstoppable then we can imagine. So don’t try to figure Him out, just throw out your doubt, trust Him, and speak to others of Him! Preach faith and repentance and demonstrate the power of the kingdom! His Spirit has been given for one reason! To make us a witness! To point all men to Him and not for personal attention, for that is a working of the Antichrist spirit.
Oh, Jesus! Come and indwell us! Remind us how precious a gift You have given us! The blessed assurance that Your Spirit is with us and empowers us to be your witness, to tell others Your testimony, to command angel armies for Your glory, to be sent with a message backed up by the power of heaven! Stir the people’s faith for healing, deliverance, miracles, resurrection, and above all salvation through the blood of Jesus, through a people who are willing to stand in faith and preach Your message because that they have first knelt and prayed until you personally demonstrated it to them. The room was shaken that day so that their faith would never be again. He proved who He was to them and it unpowered them to preach His Message that others might believe and receive Him also unto salvation. Oh Jesus, give us a Pentecost like that again.
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?” – Acts 2:1-7
“And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.” – Acts 2:12-24