“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)
After the ascension of Jesus, the Apostles realized that they were a new community of faith. They really did not know at this point how to carry out the Lord’s command to spread the gospel and baptize all nations in the name of Jesus. Many believers feel the same thing. Sometimes we do not know how to start or what to do. We look for worldly methods to attract people to church so they can hear the gospel. We do not share the gospel because we do not know what to say or how to approach people.
To figure this out, the disciples, in obedience to Jesus’ command, stayed together in fellowship and prayer. The Lord had told them to wait until they would be endued with power and wisdom by the Holy Spirit. He would tell them how to proceed, present them with opportunities to preach the gospel and give them the words, voice and courage to do so. So the disciples all stayed together and waited and were not disappointed.
We believers today do not have to wait around like the disciples did. We have the Holy Spirit granted to us when we have been endowed with faith at Baptism or when we were born again. We do not have to wait but we do have to pray. We do have to fellowship with other believers. Together with them we do have to study the word of God so we may discern His will and wisdom. Then we too may go forth to make disciples of all men without fear with a voice inspired by the Holy Spirit Himself.