It’s all but cliché to point to the story of the disciples in the Upper Room, who had gathered together before the day of Pentecost. Of course, it’s cliché precisely because it is so true. We know the verses: “And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers” (Acts 1: 13, 14).
I want to use this as a model for what we should be doing as we approach our next GYC meeting, this year in Seattle.
There’s a reason God has been able to use each GYC: it’s because people like you, like me, like thousands of others all over the world are, like the disciples here, with “one accord in prayer and supplication.”
Sure, they were all together because they happened to be living in the same place. But whether in Toledo, Ohio, or Toledo, Spain, where in Paris, France, or Paris, Texas, the important thing is for all of us, before this next session, to be praying earnestly that God will do even greater things at the next GYC.
Our God is the Lord of heaven and earth. The God who can spin billions of galaxies across the cosmos is a God of infinite power. We are nothing but small, finite beings who can do nothing on our own. We need His power; and only through prayer are our hearts softened and self deadened enough so that we can be conduits of this power.
Thus, like the cliché, let’s pray for our next GYC. After all, look what prayer did for them, at their next big meeting! See Acts 2:1-3.