Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives,
Sabbath day’s walk [c] from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room
where they were staying… 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer,
along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
Acts 1:12-14 (NIV)
The Lord Jesus Christ is risen. He has ascended to the right hand of the Father. Prior to
returning to heaven, He commanded His disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit to come upon them.
They went to the Upper Room.
A friend invited you to this special meeting. Upon entering that room, you see men and women
sharing their thoughts and experiences with Jesus. It’s your turn to share. What would you
share about your experiences with Jesus? Then one of them reminded the believers that they
should pray. One by one they are praying about their doubts, their sins, their disbeliefs and their
hopes. It’s your turn soon! You ponder how honest and vulnerable you should be before these
believers and before the Lord. By the way, it’s way past the one hour prayer meeting. Will you
tiptoe out quietly to go home or will you stay?
The Upper Room. Each of us has our own “Upper Room.” How much time are you spending in
your Upper Room each day? Have you ever invited a fellow believer into your Upper Room or
have you accepted someone’s invitation to visit his/her Upper Room?
Our 15 minutes for devotion and prayer time is beneficial, but if you wish to experience something
much deeper in your spiritual life, then the 15 minutes is not going to cut it. Try spending more than 15
minutes in devotion and prayer before the Lord. Put the clock away and all the distractions. The Upper
Room is a time of emptying oneself, examining oneself, letting the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit fill you.
The time and openness spent before the Lord can change you forever. If that is what you desire to
experience, then spend more time in your Upper Room with the Lord. You will experience a personal
transformation from the Holy Spirit as you grow in Christlikeness.