When they (the disciples) arrived (In Jerusalem), they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James, son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas, son of James. They all joined together…Acts 1:13
They were waiting together for the Holy Spirit. We all need time alone with God, to dwell in the silence and solitude and nurture our relationship in intimacy. But we all need times of being together. Maybe we know it even more these days. There is such a gaping hole of not being together. Even when we meet, we find it hard to gain that sense of being together, keeping distanced and unable to touch each other.
When I think of waiting for a fresh filling of the Spirit, I wish I could gather some people around me in a room and feel the essence of each soul joined with me in common desire for God. I wish we could all hear each other’s longings and struggles and, in that togetherness, sense the beautiful presence of God the way we do when we are real people with each other. The body, broken but beautiful. I don’t want to listen to a sermon or a teaching, I want to be in Presence with other lovers of Jesus.
Let this song minister to you in your separation from loved ones:
https://youtu.be/5c65B3JUmos Just the words
https://youtu.be/9mFRMcolr6s live with the band
How Long O Lord – Words and Music by Doug Plank – SovereignGraceMusic
Prayer: You can listen to the song first if you like. Then take these words to pray. Which line stands out to you? Where do you need to be strengthened in all the separation? What hope do you need? Jesus knows. But share it with Him…allow Him to come near to you in your need.
VERSE 1 Every valley will be lifted high And the weak will be the strong When You come like lightning in the sky How long, O Lord, how long?
VERSE 2 Kings on earth will scatter when they hear Thundering sounds of angel songs Hearts will tremble, filled with holy fear How long, O Lord, how long?
CHORUS All our hopes are fixed on You That Your promises are true And one day You will return All our treasures here will fade So, we long to see Your face Until then our hearts will burn How long, O Lord?
VERSE 3 You will conquer every evil thing Every sorrow, pain, and wrong They will cease with Your return, our King How long, O Lord, how long?
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