Jump to Prayer FocusBible Passage for Meditation: Acts 1:14 – Acts 2:4
Key Verse: “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.” Acts 2:1
It all began when my prayer partner, Godfrey Miranda, had the idea to begin waking up very early for extra prayer about a year and a half ago. We decided to invite a few other pastor friends to join us in our PUSH initiative. (PUSH stands for “Praying Until Something Happens.”)
A key part of this has been praying together in a “Google Hangout” at least once a week. During these united prayer times, I have sensed the Holy Spirit moving on my heart more and more deeply. Additionally, these fellow pastors have become some of my best friends as God has brought us into greater unity through our prayers.
In Matthew 18:19, 20, Jesus promises His presence when we unite in prayer. Referring to the promise of Matthew 18, Ellen White states, “[This] promise is made on the condition that the united prayers of the church are offered, and in answer to these prayers, there may be expected a power greater than that which comes in answer to private prayer. The power given will be proportionate to the unity of the members and their love for God and for one another” (Manuscript Releases, vol. 9, p. 303).
In other words, while God’s Spirit is poured out in our own private prayer closet, it is poured out even more powerfully when we pray in unity with others. What a gift!
Thankfully, the disciples had learned the power of uniting in prayer through Jesus’ example and teachings. After He ascended to heaven, they went to the upper room and immediately began praying.
The Bible tells us, “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication” (Acts 1:14). And after ten days of earnest intercession, the Spirit finally came with power. But here is the key: it only came to those who were with “one accord in one place” (Acts 2:1).
The unspoken tragedy of Pentecost is that more than 300 of Christ’s followers were missing. Only 120 were gathered to pray together, and only the 120 in the room were filled with the Spirit, despite the fact that in 1 Corinthians 15:6 we read that 500 followers were present at Christ’ ascension.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be among those missing when the Latter Rain is poured out.
Ellen White herself appealed, “I tell you, we must have the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is for us, and we must have it. We are living in that time of this earth’s history when we must meet to pray for the special blessing upon us individually, and then we shall be in Christ, and through Christ victorious. We are too easily satisfied with limited, special, far-between blessings” (Manuscript Releases, vol. 2, p. 24).
Will we unite in prayer for this gift? Will we lay self aside and come into one accord? Let us not be satisfied with far-between blessings anymore. Let’s PUSH until something happens.
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Father, we long for greater power to witness for You. Please bring us into one accord as You did the disciples in the upper room. Give us an earnest desire to prayer together, claiming the promise that You will send us Your Spirit. Help not one of us to be missing from this prayer circle. Nothing is as important as this. Help us to make this our priority above all else. Please unite us in Your love and fill us with the outpouring of the long-awaited Latter Rain! In Jesus’ name, Amen.