- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Acts 1
The book of Acts —- Luke wrote one large book with two volumes. The first volume is the Gospel of Luke, writing an account of the founding of Christian faith (Luke 1:1-4). The book of Acts is his second volume of the book, writing an account of expansion of Christian church by the power of the Holy Spirit. Luke was in company of Apostle Paul’s mission trip, and with an eye of physician historian, he wrote an accurate, orderly, and well documented record how Christian church was expanded from Jerusalem to Asia and Europe.
Introduction (1-5) — Theophilus was the recipient of the book of Acts. This book begins with the promise of the Holy Spirit by the risen Lord Jesus to his disciples.
Jesus’ ascension (6-11) —- The Christian church began with three characteristics; empowerment by the Holy Spirit, witnessing to the ends of the earth, and hope of Jesus’ return. Those are core value of the church today.
The upper room prayer meeting (12- 26) —– The one hundred and twenty people, including eleven disciples of Jesus were the first church in Jerusalem. Praying was their first ministry, followed by choosing new disciple, Matthias, for apostolic ministry.
From her beginning, praying has been the most important ministry of the Christian church.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.