Acts 1:12-14

Throughout the Easter Season, the daily devotions have been written by members of Faith Lutheran Church. Today’s writer is Olivia Fu.

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers. Acts 1:12-14

One of my favorite part of going to church every Sunday is to pray with all my brothers and sisters in Christ, just as what the disciples did after they returned to Jerusalem, waiting for the Spirit’s promised coming.  They had not been commanded by the Lord to pray. They were only asked to wait. However, they were all engaged and united in prayer because they learned to pray by looking at the prayer life of Jesus.

Jesus provided his disciples with enough guidance on how to pray alone, and how to pray with others, as well as being persistent in prayer. This is the example that I continue to learn from.

In praying, I see and I feel the power of prayer. It is the power of God, who hears and answers prayer. In praying, I build my love relationship with Jesus. I have conversations with Jesus every day in my prayer.  I carry to God my worries and my sorrows. I ask God to guide me when I come upon important decisions. I thank God for giving me the strength to win the battle against various temptations.

My son, a very inquisitive five-year-old, has been constantly praying to God since he became a Christian one year ago. He turns all his little thoughts and worries to God. I sense his calmness after he talks to God, just as I did. Prayer is powerful and should never be underestimated. God listens, God answers and God responds to prayer. I’m so thankful to be a Christian and realize the importance and power of prayer.

Let us pray: Father, I come to you to give thanks for giving me direction in my prayer life. And at this very moment I ask that you continue to guide me in ways that only you can do. In Jesus name…Amen.


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