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Waiting and Praying

Scripture
All these continued together in prayer with one mind, together with the women, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
Acts 1:14 NET

Observation
The early believers were told that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them. What did they do until that happened?

They instinctively prayed!

As they waited for what the Lord promised, they just didn’t sit around talking about the good ol’ days, they did what they knew Jesus would have done, what they saw Him do so many times and what was the source of His strength. They prayed.

They waited. They prayed.

This world values action, activity and accomplishment. If the early believers would have started ministry without the promised Holy Spirit, they would have been doing it all on their own power, and it would have failed!

They waited and prayed. They had a promise from Jesus that He would send the Holy Spirit and He did. And what the early believers accomplished in the power of the Holy Spirit is far greater than all of their earthly efforts could have produced.

Application
It’s hard to wait and pray. Our minds will want to argue that yes, it is ok to pray, but then get up and get going. But if you do it without the power and leading of the Holy Spirit, you will wind up doing it under your own power.

The most important thing a Christian can do is to build a relationship with the Lord, where You know Him intimately. Like your closest relationship here on Earth, Jesus should be even closer!

Believers need to learn how to stay sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit so that they can respond when He leads them.

This only happens by spending time with Him, spending time praying, waiting, reading the Word and listening.

When was the last time you took time to pray, wait, listen and THEN, react?

Prayer
Lord, help me to stay sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Help me to be patient and not get in there and manipulate a situation. I know You can do more in one instance, than I can do in a lifetime of striving in my own power.

Peace
Todd

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