Praying in BetweenSeptember 16, 2016 at 3:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
Tags: Acts 1, Acts 2, Christian unity, commentary on Acts, Holy Spirit Baptism, one accord, prayer, Sunday School lessons on Acts, the Holy Spirit
Jesus told them to wait, but He also gave them a promise. Waiting on God’s promises to come to pass is not a waiting-to-see-IF; it’s a waiting-to-see-WHEN.
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.
These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
In Verse 4 they had “assembled together” physically, and now they were waiting together (“with one accord”) spiritually.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
During the interim period between the promise and the fulfillment, they spent their time in prayer and supplication. Why would we pray for God to bring to pass what He has already promised He will do? For one thing, God commands us to do it (Luke 18:1; I Thessalonians 5:17; Romans 12:12; Philippians 4:6; Ephesians 6:18; Jeremiah 33:3). For another thing, God often uses prayer as the means of accomplishing His will (James 5:16).
Notice also that in Acts 1:14 and Acts 2:4 that ALL of those to whom the promise was made were filled with the Holy Ghost. There were not some who were “Spirit-baptized” with some type of second-level anointing. All who were filled with the Spirit were filled with the same Spirit in the same way and at the same time.