Priorities under pressure

All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. (Acts 1:14 ESV)

  • First, notice that they were of one mind. They knew they needed each other, and so they hung out together. Pride and arguing over petty differences fall by the wayside when we are thrown into daunting circumstances.
  • Second, notice that they devoted themselves to prayer. As they waited, prayer was a central priority.
  • Third, in verses 15 & following,  Peter stood up and shared the Scriptures as a basis for guidance in determining the roles and responsibilities of the apostles.

What a great example to follow: to make community, prayer, and the word of God our priorities at all times, but especially when our circumstances overwhelm us.