“Obedience When Things Are Tough”

Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey. And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.(Acts 1:12-14)

  

When I was a teenager I loved camp each summer.  We would leave everything behind for one week of intense Bible Study.  We would be on a spiritual mountain top the whole week.  We wanted to stay there as long as we could.  We always hated to pack up and head home.  The ride home was a depressing time because we knew that is was time to head back and face the real world.  It was not that we did not miss Mom or Dad, but that we knew our prayer lives and worship time would not have that special feeling we had at camp.  I learned later on that the Christian life is not about how you feel.  As I continued in prayer and reading of the Bible I learned that I can have many camp experiences right in my own church.  I could feel the same way I did at camp.

 I am sure the followers of Jesus felt the same way.  That Sabbath day’s journey (approx. 1/2 mile) must have been one of the longest journeys in all of history.  They had just seen Jesus taken up into a cloud and now they had to travel back into a city that had been a big part of Jesus’ death.  Jesus would not be standing in front of them teaching anymore.  There were no more fireside chats, or Jesus showing them the great mysteries of God.  I am sure there were a thousand different thoughts running through their minds of how the next few days would go. 

 The followers of Jesus came back to the upper room and waited.  While they waited they prayed together in one accord.  I wonder how those prayers must have gone.  How did they feel while they were praying?  Did their prayers just seem to hit the ceiling and fall right back down?  They still met with one accord praying and seeking the Lord.  I believe this is what prepared them for the Holy Spirit to come and fill them.  

 There may be some times in your Christian walk that you feel your prayers are hitting the ceiling, or that you are depressed at what is going on around you.  I encourage you to push on.  Keep reading the Bible, praying, and worshiping our Lord.  As you seek Him, He will answer you.  So don’t give up when you go through the valley.