Wait & Pray – Friday Five on Sunday

Part of the Ascension Day Scripture from Acts 11 contains this promise from Jesus;

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Then he was taken from their sight into the clouds, two angels appeared and instructed the probably bewildered disciples to go back to Jerusalem, where they began to wait and to pray for the gift Jesus had promised.

Prayer is a joy to some of us, and a chore to others, waiting likewise can be filled with anticipation or anxiety….

So how do you wait and pray?

1. How do you pray best, alone or with others?

I’m more of an alone prayer, but I’m more of an alone person in general. I am always grateful for the insights of others when I am praying with them, however.
I attended a great prayer workshop a few years back that focused on the listening aspect of prayer and it was great to sit with a group of strangers, listen for God’s voice, and then pray back some very specific things about folks I’d never met.

2. Do you enjoy the discipline of waiting, is it a time of anticipation or anxiety?

I’ve not ever really thought about this, but I’d have to say in general that I do almost enjoy it. I sort of like to watch people or circumstances be prepared for things and rejoice in that process.

3. Is there a time when you have waited upon God for a specific promise?

I’d have to say that I’m in that place now, and I’m currently enjoying it. I feel like God has given me a call that is specific in its generality, if that makes sense, and so I enjoy seeing it fulfilled in the small ways every day as I look forward to a more complete fulfillment in the future.

4. Do you prefer stillness or action?

I’m more of a both/and on this one. If pressed, I’d say I usually prefer action, but often to my detriment. I think stillness is usually best until I’m called to a specific action.

5. If ( and this is slightly tongue in cheek) you were promised one gift spiritual or otherwise what would you choose to recieve?



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