“Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, ‘Which,’ He said, ‘you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. … but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, ‘” Acts 1:4-8a
Jesus told His followers to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Holy Spirit. This promise would give them power.
His followers waited in expectation on the promise in the Upper Room in Jerusalem, but their waiting was active. Acts tells us that they devoted themselves to prayer. They also appointed a replacement for Judas.
We actively waited.
- We prayed.
- We studied the Bible.
- We studied books on healing.
- I worked with my doctor, and we tried new medications.
- I tried new techniques of coping with the pain and fatigue.
- We thanked God for the healing.
But it took time; days, weeks, months, and even years.
“Did the Lord promise to heal me?”
I’m sure that the followers of Jesus waited in that Upper Room waiting … waiting … expecting … wondering if they heard Jesus correctly.
“Did Jesus really tell us to wait?”
In Waiting on God, Andrew Murray wrote: “Come, and however feeble you feel, just wait in His presence. As a feeble, sickly invalid is brought out into the sunshine to let its warmth go through him, come with all that is dark and cold in you into the sunshine of God’s holy, omnipotent love, and sit and wait there, with the one thought: Here I am, in the sunshine of His love. As the sun does its work in the weak one who seeks its rays, God will do His work in you.”
My prayer for you:
Father, we are waiting on Your healing presence in our lives. We are waiting in expectation of Your promises. Teach us to bask in Your light and all powerful love. Work in us Your plans for us, Your healing touch. Here we are, waiting for the power You are pouring out on Your children. Thank you, Father of Lights. To You be the glory!
Share your insights:
As you wait on the Lord this week, focus on His glory, His power, His promises, and share what He has shown you.