Texts: Acts 4:31

After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

When you think of prayer – what do you normally associate with it?

  • Peace?
  • Serenity?
  • Guidance?
  • Hope?
  • Comfort?

Or do you think of …

  • Power?

I have a feeling that it is our Pentecostal brothers and sisters who tend to associate that word with prayer.

Many of us may value prayer, practice it as a spiritual discipline, seek out meaningful – and comforting – time with God through it.

But do we think of how it can empower us?  Do we remember, and act on faith, that through an active prayer life we might literally find our lives “shaken” – just as the early followers of Christ did?

I am not talking about treating prayer as some magical incantation, some way to invoke lightning from heaven by saying the right words in the right order.

I am talking, though, about recognizing that this vital way of connecting with the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe can , and often does result, in life changing events for us and others.

We can be bold; “prayer warriors” is how some might put it, in the face of persecution, confusion, chaos, disorder, illness, death, and a thousand other challenges.

The first believers of Christ rocked their world – or better put – God rocked their world by the simple, direct, faithful action of taking their prayer life seriously.

Dare we be so bold in our own spiritual lives?

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