Sent out to do His will
During the forty days after he suffered and died, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God. Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 1:3-5 God opened the opportunity for every believer to be able to come to Him boldly in prayer. “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Hebrews 4:16). God told the believers to come to His throne of grace. From the text, before God ascended to heaven He commanded His disciples to wait on Him in prayer as He prepares them for the task He called them to do. They just witnessed the resurrection of Jesus and probably were very eager to go out and tell others about Him, His coming, and His purpose which is to provide salvation. But Jesus told them to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit. He wants them to wait and pray so they could align their lives with His will and manifest His glory and power through them. The disciples willingly obeyed God’s command. ”When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place” (Acts 2:1).God provided us an example from the disciples’ experience of why He wants us to come to Him in prayer. We come to Him humbly because the purpose of prayer is not to convince God to change our circumstances but to help us see how we could be involved in what He is doing around us. Their prayer brought them readiness to follow God in what He will do through them. When the day of Pentecost arrived, God filled the disciples with the Holy Spirit and they became His witnesses. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). God filled the disciples so they could testify about who Jesus is. It is in prayer that God prepares our hearts so we could hear from Him and be obedient to His will. Instead of focusing on what you would like to see happen in His answer to your prayer, realize that God’ concern is with what to do through your life because you let His will be your will. When you align your desires to His will and obey Him, just like the disciples’ experience as told in the Bible, He will use you in ways you could never imagine. “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here too” (Acts 17:6).
Noel De Guzman