The UPPER ROOM was both their meeting and turning point. It was their Pentecost room! Dearly beloved, where is your favourite place: the upper or supper room? Pentecost was their turning point! It began in the upper room.
- That was where Jesus held His last indoor meeting with them.
- That was where they returned to when they left Mount Olives.
- That was where they spent much of their time together.
- That was where the Holy Spirit met them!
- That was where they were endued with power from above
- That was where Peter and John were equipped and anointed.
- That was where the disciples were drunk with the new wine.
- That was the beginning of Apostolic era and authority.
- That was the foundation of the prevailing church.
- That was the beginning of the revival that spread like wild fire.
- That was the beginning of display of the manifold wisdom of God.
- That was the commencement of house fellowship.
- That was where they got boldness to preach the gospel.
- That was the break forth of Grace and Glory that is the hallmark of the church!
The church is the most persecuted body on earth. She has been a victim of persecution from time immemorial. The devil has not stopped and will never stop this persecution. With the Pentecost turning point, there arose furious attacks and persecutions. There was only one rendezvous; one meeting place: the upper room; the place of prayer. That was where the disciples gathered to review, refresh and re-fire. Acts 4:23-31.
A powerful church is a prayerful church. You are as powerful as your prayer life. If you kneel adequately before God, you will be able to stand before man in power.
Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. Acts 12:1-2. It seems to me here that the church was complacent a little. James was arrested, incarcerated and beheaded. The Bible did not tell us that the church prayed to arrest this sad event. The murder, however, pleased the people especially those who hated the truth. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. Acts 12:3.
If you refuse to pray, you will become a prey to the enemy. There are people who grovel under the torment of wickedness simply because they will not pray. As seven days make one week, seven prayerless days make one weak. James was cheaply executed. There was certainly no spiritual resistance to stop the wickedness of Herod.
And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. Peter therefore was kept in prison… Acts 5:4-5.
Newton’s first law of motion states that a body remains in a state of rest or continues in a uniform motion unless an external force is applied to make it act otherwise. Both evil and good will continue unless someone stops it. This evil orchestrated by the cabinet of Herod will continue unless someone stops it. James was arrested and killed for preaching the gospel of Christ. Now, Peter is arrested and incarcerated. This trend would continue if nothing is done to stop it.
Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. Acts 12:5.
The church engaged in continuous prayer until God sent an angel on dispatch mission to deliver Peter from the four quaternion and the political powers and cabals that persecuted the church.
Rather than complain, murmur, cry and lament, the church prayed continually for Peter and God intervened. God is waiting for you to pray to make things happen. God will do something when you pray. He will do nothing when you refuse to pray.