They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.’(Acts 2:14)

I love how Luke records the scene with the disciples in the upper room. What a whirlwind of a few months! First the crucifixion, then the resurrection and now the ascension of Jesus. You can imagine them saying to one another, “What is God going to do next? Whatever it is let us expectantly wait on him in prayer.”

Perhaps this year more than any other I’ve felt a little of what the disciples must have experienced that day. We’ve never known a year like the one that has just passed. What is the Lord doing? Whatever it is let us expectantly wait on him in prayer.

Our prayer meetings during lockdown, as we prayed for our world, our nation and our church family, felt like that! Indeed, I’m so encouraged that not only have we managed to keep these going but that they continue to be a great source of blessing and unity to us as a church family. It has honestly felt like, by God’s grace, that we have experienced something of a new lease of life when it comes to prayer! Let’s ensure that as we journey on as a church through 2021 that God-glorifying and dependent prayer remains the bedrock of absolutely everything that we do. 

Graeme Shanks

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