On Wednesday, May 9, @ 7pm on the 6th floor of the Revere Hotel, we will gather as a church to pray. Prayer is a habit of grace that is rooted deeply in relationship with God. This prayer gathering aims to deepen our relationship with him by orienting us to the reality of Jesus’ ascension to heaven.
The New Testament tells us that after Jesus was raised from the dead he appeared to hundreds of his followers for a period of forty days. After these appearances, the risen Jesus ascended to heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father (Acts 1:1-10; Col. 3:1-2).
But why does this matter? One author says, “Though often overlooked, the ascension of Christ is filled with theological significance. Christ’s ascension means that in heaven there is one who, knowing firsthand the experience of suffering and temptation, prays for us and perfects our prayers. The ascension is a witness and guarantee of our own bodily resurrection, as well as an invitation for us to set our hearts and minds ‘on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God’ (Col. 3:1-2) to rule over all things in heaven and throughout the universe (Eph. 1:10, 20-23). Finally, the ascension of Jesus serves as the prelude to Pentecost, when the power of the risen Christ came upon all believers through the Holy Spirit” (The Worship Sourcebook, 655).
Our hope is that God will use this time of prayer to draw us closer to the ascended Jesus and more fully experience his transformative rule and reign in our lives. Furthermore, we pray that this night would have rippling effects in our church and in our city for the glory of King Jesus. We hope you’ll join us!