Shaking the place through prayer
Acts 4:31 -
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.
Today's message talks of the power through prayer and to explain this I will share a personal experience.
This happened many years before when I yet still with the Catholic Church and had just come to know from the Lord how misguided I was as a Catholic thinking that I was a Christian. It was through the exposure of the deceitful prayers like Rosary and Divine Mercy Novena which are against the Word that I realized the real powers behind Catholicism.
At that time I had just been baptized in the Holy Spirit and was struggling in between coming out of that church and declaring myself as a Believer. My family at time would do all things as devote Catholics like saying the daily Rosary in the evenings this also including at time reading the Bible (but not understanding it for no one explained it). That particular day I had certain people visiting my house, they were hard-core worshippers of Mary. They would believe that not saying the rosary 'N' numbers of time a day would displease their goddess Mary like Muslim do with their prayers. These people would read the Bible, but I would wonder what they understood from it, for they were told lots of nonsense and lies about the Bible by the Catholic Church.
That evening when they sat to say the rosary I sat with them out of respect for them but was not saying their 'prayers', I was doing my communication with God. After the rosary got over they started their 'Charismatic' praying. This too is unholy but better than the mill grinding prayers like Rosary and Novenas. Catholics who seek God land up in a Charismatic movement but since it is not a Word rooted movement but one that only seeks anointing, they easily fall prey to deceit. Only those who seek God through the Word and relationship find Him.
So as the charismatic prayers started I realized that they were praying for my deliverance. Then the Lord asked me to go into tongues for their deliverance. As I started in a short time the person who was the 'wisest' among them started coughing non-stop and was almost out of breath. Then suddenly after sometime all of us suddenly stopped for we all felt the place shake like there was an strong earthquake, this was not just a feeling for the plates that put on the rack in the kitchen suddenly fell. I stay on the third floor and none of my neighbours experienced any shaking. From that time these people stopped coming to my house.
As we read in today's message after they finished praying the place was shaken. We too can cause shaking of a place and it does not need to be an earthquake. We may live in a tower and the people in the room would feel the shaking of the room and yet the neighbours in the houses attached would not feel anything.
What is the purpose of the shaking, why desire it?
The Greek word 'saleuo' translated as 'shaking' also means 'to cast down'. Peter and John were put under pressure by the Jewish church authorities to not preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This worldly authority they cast down spiritually by their coming together in prayer, Holy Spirit and Word.
The Lord is telling us if we are under pressure from outside that hinders our work in the Lord it is time we come together in prayer, Holy Spirit and taking the promise of God we cast down these worldly authorities.
Like it happened then after the shaking they came together in one mind and one soul. They truly lived a Christian life sharing and caring for each other in the Lord. There was no rich or poor among them for all things were common between them. Ask any Christian to follow this today and they will think you are gone crazy. That is why the Lord says a shaking is required.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You said the world will be against us because it is first against You. But You also said Lord not to fear this world for You first overcame it and now we in You also can become overcomers. Lord, it is time for us to cause some shaking down of these powers. Help us Lord not fall to authorities or powers of this world but to cast them down through prayer, through your Spirit and through holding on to your Word...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.
31 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.
32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
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