After Jesus ascended, his disciples gathered in an upper room – this group of people who had abandoned Jesus, denied him, doubted that he was really risen – and they prayed. Maybe they prayed for forgiveness. Maybe they asked for God’s help in the task they’d been given, of being Jesus’ witnesses.
But from Acts 1:14 we know that they were all together with one accord – in harmony, unity – devoting themselves to prayer. According to that revealer of mysteries which is Google, to devote is “to give all or most of one’s time or resources to (a person or activity)”. I know my own prayer doesn’t always look like that! Isn’t this, then, a wonderful and challenging model to aspire to in our prayers as churches, as house groups, as student Christian Unions, and whenever else we gather with other believers. We need God’s help as these first disciples did, so we need to pray!