Jesus left -ascended.
The disciples stood there gazing -no doubt, I would have too-, and the two men in white asked: “why?, This same Jesus you see going will come back again…”. ”Ye have heard how I said unto you, `I go away and come again unto you.’ If ye loved Me, ye would rejoice because I said, `I go unto the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28).
Have you ever been left, standing there “gazing”…after you’ve had time, fellowship with the Creator -after you’ve experienced His miracles like the disciples had [multitudes being fed, storms stilled, people healed...], and then you were thrown back into the work?
The disciples had seen the Father’s will and power manifested in Jesus, and now, it was gone – He was gone – and they had been commissioned to do His work. They journeyed home; when they got there, they prayed.
They prayed with one purpose, with one mind. Though their Master was gone, they had been told what to do, and now it was their time to do it.
- “…ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Act. 1:8).
- “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever” (John 14:16).
Without leaving, the Holy Spirit could not come, and so Jesus left, His work was finished and the disciples’, just beginning.
And so they prayed: they entered into the presence and calling of God’s will for their lives, just as Jesus had taught them to do. This praying [this abiding with the Father ("Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abide in the vine, no more can ye, unless ye abide in Me." Jn.15:4) brought about urgency to fulfill their commission]. And Peter and the disciples began, with understanding and fervency, to declare the gospel.
People were saved, believers encouraged. But, the work began in Prayer. Their passion came from abiding with the Father and knowing His will, and desiring His will, then doing His will.
Let us begin our work in prayer, in the place where we become broken and have nothing in our lives except the love of God and the Father’s will. We need the pouring out of the Holy Spirit in our lives that we might be able to “go” with the gospel.
The power of the gospel will be “birthed” through prayer, -and it cannot but be helped, for prayer is an inherent attribute of anyone who abides.