“When they arrived, 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 constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, with his brothers.” (Acts 1:13-14)
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” (Acts 2:1-4)
What a magnificent display of power that had to have been glorious to observe. The filling of the Holy Spirit as Jesus of Nazareth promised was witnessed by men and women in the Upper Room, united, like minded and constantly in prayer. What a beautiful image, example, every church should represent, the Upper Room. The women of the Upper Room were in prayer, seeking the Living God for wisdom and the Spirit to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Upper Room today is still available for anyone who desires to visit there. It is a Room full of promise, hope and revival. It is a Room full of like-minded believers, with God’s hand of unity upon them, seeking ways to advance the Kingdom. It is a Room full of prayer, support, encouragement, and worship. The Upper Room is alive and anyone welcome can come who desires God’s Spirit, will, and plan.
The Upper Room encourages believers to rise higher, hence the word, Upper. If you choose to follow Christ, withdrawal from the “worldly” ways and pick up your cross, you will have to come up higher. If you choose to follow the Lord’s plan, you will have to look “up” toward heaven at things seated at the right hand of the Father. If you choose to follow our risen Savior, you will have to put off the old self, cloth your self with righteousness and climb higher than those around you. Do you choose to come up higher, to the Upper Room, or do you choose to be an observer, ignoring the promptings of the Holy Spirit? God gives us a wonderful choice, free will.
The Upper Room is full of prayer. We are all called to pray and my heart’s desire is your church is alive with prayer. Christ demanded his “Father’s House be a House of Prayer” as it should be (Isaiah, 56:7, Matthew 21:13, Mark 11:17, Luke 19:46). Praying for the Gospel to spread, praying for God’s will of the church’s direction, the salvation for unbelievers, to help those in need, the servant hood of the congregation and overcoming obstacles should be on the lips of all Christians in your church (John 17). I believe as written in the letter of James, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16). James encourages those to seek prayer and praise to those in the faith as he pens, “Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” (James 5:13-15).
I am inspired by those very words of prayer. Christ said if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, it can move mountains; how much more if use that faith filled prayer for unbelievers (Matthew 17:20). Prayer is power. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus of Nazareth went alone to pray. He would pray in lonely and desolate places, at times through the night when making decisions as with choosing the twelve disciples. I pray you spent time with the Lord alone, listening for Him and giving Him a heartfelt prayer. If Christ is our example, how much more should we be in prayer. Whether talking to the Lord about your day, whether a memory of someone springs forth and you pray for that person, whether singing a Psalm and giving thanks, or whether on your knees seeking healing, forgiveness or God’s will, prayer is essential for a close, deep relationship with the Lord.
Women of the Upper Room teach their children to pray. I myself pray and ask the Lord to guide my prayers. If a Scripture comes to mind while in prayer, I repeat, “It is written….” I have taught my children to do the same. I strive to reflect Christ. My goal is to memorize Scripture so when confronted with a situation or someone asks me to pray for ___________, I am prepared with the Word of God. I remember Isaiah 55:11, “so is my word that goes out from my mouth; it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” God’s words are POWERFUL! His words hold the keys to wisdom and knowledge, my words are empty. His words created the earth and its foundations; my words have created sin and destruction. His words are life, bringing health and nourishment to the bones; my words have cause death to friendships, scars to family and erroneous memories.
The Upper Room is like-minded and desiring the plans of the Lord. We come as one house, one body, to one Temple to praise the Living God. We desire Truth and righteousness, justice and encouragement. We come together to help those who struggle and are in need. Christians should be as one with God’s hand of unity upon us. We come to the Upper Room for peace, strength in prayer, encouragement from praise and testimonies and to sing praises to the King of Kings. Yes, the Upper Room is glorifying God. Are you willing to come up higher and rise to the occasion? I pray that you are.
The Upper Room is exciting. You never know what the Lord will bring or whom he will bring to you. I pray you are rising higher, putting off the old self with all its worldly desires and cravings. You can do all things though Jesus Christ who strengthens you. Come up to the Upper Room. Devote yourself to be living epistle, a living sacrifice to the Lord. Ask Him to use you for his Kingdom; ask Him how you can serve with other believers. Be constantly in prayer, devoted to the Word, encouraging others in their own walk with the Lord. Be a Woman of the Upper Room!
Come, let us reason together and CONFESS the Word of the Living God; a prayer to rise higher and desire the “Upper Room”
El Shaddai, God Almighty,
Thank you for the Upper Room. Thank you for using such strong women to encourage me to rise to the occasion. I pray to hear your voice clearly and see the plan you have for my life. I pray for ears to hear and eyes to see the purpose and calling chosen specifically for me. You’ve formed me in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5). You have chosen my gifts and talents; help me to use them diligently for your kingdom. I know many are called for service unto you, but few are chosen (Matthew 22:14). I understand that trials, worries and the pressures of this life allow some to give up, stray away or leave the faith (Luke 8:5-8). I pray to bear good fruit in accordance to the boundaries in which you have set for me (Luke 6:43-45).
I pray to make sure the calling on my life, running my race with perseverance, determined to finish strong, and receive the crown of life for which I was called to (Hebrews 12:1, Revelation 3:11). May I be a woman who pursues righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness, fighting the good fight of faith to which I was called (1 Timothy 6:11-12). I pray to never hide or be a shamed of the gift received by you, that it never be taken away or given to another (Matthew 25:14-30). May I go where you send me, to be as faithful as Abraham and Sarah and follow your lead. I pray to follow my Shepherd (John 10:1-18) and feed his sheep (John 21:18).
I pray to be confident in Christ Jesus to finish the good work that he began in me (Philippians 1:6). I know that no eye as seen, nor hear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him (1 Corinthians 2:9, Isaiah 64:4). I pray to never be concerned with the things of men, but more concerned with the things from above (John 2:25, Colossians 3:1-2). May I be a woman who would rather please you than those whom are around me (Galatians 1:10).
I thank you Jesus for dying on the cross, I thank you for your unfailing love that will never leave me, nor forsake me. I give you my heart, my all in worship and praise. May I be a servant that stands before, who rose to the occasion in which I was called and hear those precious words, “Well done good and faithful servant!” In the name of Jesus of Nazareth I pray, amen.