Acts 1: 14
They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
The previous verse shows a list of names of disciples, it doesn’t show the pain and disappointment.
It doesn’t show Judas Iscariot who became a traitor, but it shows a depleted team where none of them were actually qualified or worthy to remain a member after their many reactions and responses through the life and death of Jesus.
Here they are in the upper room with the women who had gathered at the foot of the cross and the mother of Jesus, Mary who had experienced a sword in her heart. Also there were his brothers who had their fair share of strife with Jesus during his lifetime based upon their ignorance and misunderstanding of who he was.
In that place were people who were angry, disappointed, failures, the unworthy and the ignorant. In that place were those in grief and dealing with the trauma and loss of what they had experienced. In that place all had a sense of fear of what would happen now.
And yet, in this place they began to do what they would do throughout the years of the early Church, they would pray. And by doing so they would begin to experience the divine exchange when heaven touches earth. It would not be in the Temple as they and every Jew believed was the place for this but it would be in the ordinary places of life. In an upper room. In any place where you stay. In this place here right now as you are reading this. This is the space and the time to do what is the most important thing on earth, to pray. No matter who you are or what you have done or what you have experienced, you can pray.