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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Praying Together for Discernment.

"When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying,...(and) devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers." Acts 1: 13,14

Almost immediately after letting go of Jesus in what we call the Ascension of the Lord, the apostles and disciples stop to reflect, to pray and to wait. What is it the Lord will ask of them now? How will he have them live; what will he have them do?

The actions of the disciples in the early pages of Acts of the Apostles is a model for contemporary believers. It is important, especially before taking up any new ministry, to reflect and pray together in Christ. While personal prayer can sustain us on a daily basis, when we are about to begin something new, it is important to be together in prayer.

There are many ways for us to be together, especially in the 21st century. We can be in the same room, or on the same conference call or on the same Skype or Go to Meeting call, but for Christians, it is not simply being together that matters, but that we take time for quiet, reflection and prayer together. No matter what limits or possibilities there are for being together in Christ, as long as strive together to be active listeners to God's spirit, we can be sure that we will discover God's desire for us as a church.

Today, take some time with another believer to sit together in quiet to ask for God's guidance and help.

Have you had important and transforming faith experiences with other Christians?


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