Have you ever felt the tremors of an earthquake? That type of shaking can get your attention in a hurry.
There are many testimonies of people in church services where they have seen the place caught on fire to the point of the fire department showing up to put the fire out, only to discover that the fire was that fire of the Holy Spirit – not a physical fire.
There have also been instances where the place of a prayer meeting has become so full of the presence of God that the place shook as if an earthquake had taken place. So was the case when the Apostles prayed together.
The following words described such incident; Acts 4:31 (KJV) “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”
According to Scripture, God is still the same, today and forever. He will never change (Hebrews 13:8). Since he is consistent in his being, I also believe that the church of Jesus Christ can still experience the presence of God in their prayer meetings as in the days of old.
Do we need a shaking in order to know God has heard our prayers? Absolutely not! However, every time God’s manifested presence enters an atmosphere, the place experiences a change. And a “shaking” we need.
I’d like to point out a couple of things in this passage of Scripture. First, the Apostles gathered together after they had been released by the authorities that told them not to speak in the name of Jesus anymore or else they will be judged severely.
Secondly, they prayed. Thirdly, the prayer was not for their protection, provisions, or grace given to them for a better life. Their prayer was primarily to do the will and the work of God with boldness. They were not concerned for their lives — they were more concerned for the message and for the souls of the world.
This type of prayer is one that focuses on God’s ultimate work, and his assistance or anointing in our lives to speak his oracles to everyone everywhere without concern for our lives but with much concern for the reputation of the gospel of the kingdom.
When God sees that his people are more concerned about his business than anything else, he tends to show up, show out and reveal a facet of his presence like we have never seen before.
So what is your prayer life like? Is it earth shaking? Somebody once said, “Whenever you take care of God’s business, He will take care of yours.” Let’s begin with prayers that deal with his will, not for our lives as much as for his sake, and begin to experience his presence, and his anointing flowing through our lives resulting in changed lives, and perhaps even shaking places for his glory. I wonder what that type of manifestation would do.
Make it a great Earth-shaking day!