The last days of Easter seem to quiet down after the early weeks of celebration and revelation. The disciples had been told to wait in Jerusalem for the power from on high and the promise from the Father. What did the disciples do in between the Ascension and Pentecost? Acts 1:14 tells us that “they with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer.” As God’s people, we have committed ourselves to be a house of prayer. The prayers of God’s people are heard on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. A group of folks gather every Monday morning to lift up the needs of our congregation and community. Faithful men and women pray quietly behind closed doors and in the silence of their hearts.
As we await the festival of Pentecost and celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit, you are encouraged to be in prayer for the “will of the Father, on earth as it is in heaven.” May we spend this week intentionally “turning toward God’s ear,” as Luther put it. Get his attention, dwell in his Word, spend time in communion with him, offering your petitions and listening for his leading. I wonder how our lives and our ministry would be changed and transformed by our commitment as people of prayer.
Bowing my head with you,
To prepare for worship on Sunday
(June 9), you are invited to read: