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.
They didn’t pray for the threats to stop or that the threats may not be carried out. They prayed for the continuance of the very activity that produced the hostility in the first place.
Luke says the place was shaken. Maybe this was thunder or an earthquake
They were filled and they spoke the word of God boldly.
Sometimes we just need a shaking to take place. We become trapped maybe by fear or contained by doubt or just the weariness and the cynicism of life. We become settled into accepting the circumstance and we lose the cutting edge we once had. We can lose the sense of the supernatural ability of God. Making an effort will not change this position. A new year’s resolution of commitment will not change this position. Change will not happen without a shaking. There are times God allows for our world to shake. It might not be comfortable. We might not like the shaking but it is for our good.
During that shaking everything is coming loose again, the disturbance is freeing you mind body and spirit and you may lose some precious things and some things you are pleased to get rid of. But there is space for God to fill you again, for His presence to become real, active and important once more. He will give you something to talk about again. He will give you the confidence in the gospel message again. No longer will it be dry and a theory, but it will be a living message, a burning message that you just cannot stop speaking about.
He is sending you out shaken, filled and speaking. Amen!