Acts 1:14 – These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
Acts 1:14 -TPT – All of them were united in prayer, gripped with one passion, interceding night and day.
We can learn some powerful spiritual lessons in the strangest, most unexpected situations. As many of you know I spent seven months living in the mountains of Oregon and Washington planting trees to support our Bible School. Parris, my firstborn infant son Jeremy, and I lived in a two man army tent. There was a camp of about twenty five of us in our little tent city. Thinking back, I have never seen such a bunch of hungry young men. (I am not talking about spiritual hunger yet). It seems as if we existed from one meal to the next thinking about our next feeding time. During that season our director Bob Forrester came to visit. He took all of us to town to an all you can eat buffet called the King’s Table. I always remember the owner trying to shut down the restaurant until Big Bob had a little talk with him. We all had a feast that day, it had to be the highlight of our year. Thinking about that now makes me think of spiritual hunger. That’s what today’s verse describes. A group of hungry men and women, calling out to God to come and satisfy the longing of their hungry soul. Here is how Strongs’ word book describes it.
“with one mind, with one accord, with one passion – A unique Greek word, used 10 of its 12 New Testament occurrences in the Book of Acts, helps us understand the uniqueness of the Christian community. Homothumadon is a compound of two words meaning to “rush along” and “in unison”. The image is almost musical; a number of notes are sounded which, while different, harmonize in pitch and tone. As the instruments of a great concert under the direction of a concert master, so the Holy Spirit blends together the lives of members of Christ’s church.”
I love that, this describes a unison which was almost musical. A harmony of hearts longing to meet with God. Historically there seems to be this kind of unified, melodious prayer before the wind of God begins to blow. Maybe there are some hungry “tree planters” looking for the King’s Table today. I’ve heard the table is spread, ready and waiting for the hungry to find their way to the table of the Lord.