"These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication." (Acts 1:14)
Christ instructed His disciples to "wait for the Promise of the Father" (v. 4). He also said, "You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem ... and to the end of the earth" (v. 8).
United and unceasing prayer displays the power of the Holy Spirit. Believers become living witnesses to the living Christ, from Jerusalem to the end of the earth. These are the marks of the true Gospel, the true ministry, the true church of the New Testament.
A church united and unceasing in prayer is a ministry filled with the Holy Spirit. The members are living witnesses to a living Christ. They have a message to every creature on earth -- such was the church that Christ founded. As such the church went out to conquer the world.
When Christ had ascended to heaven, the disciples knew at once what their work was to be. They were to continue "with one accord in prayer and supplication." They were to be bound together, by the love and Spirit of Christ, into one body. This gave them their wonderful power in heaven with God, and upon earth with men.
Their own duty was to wait in united and unceasing prayer for the power of the Holy Spirit. With that power they could be witnesses for Christ to the end of the earth. A praying church is a Spirit-filled church. It is a witnessing church. Its aim is all the world as its sphere of outreach.
As long as it maintained this character, the church had power to conquer. However, as it came under the influence of the world it lost much of its heavenly, supernatural beauty and strength! The apathetic church in one which is unfaithful in prayer, feeble in the workings of the Spirit, formalistic in its witness to Christ, and unfaithful to its worldwide mission!
Adapted from OUR DAILY WALK by F. B. Meyer