“And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.”
― Acts 4:31 ―
Can you imagine what that felt like for the early disciples? Peter and John had just been released from jail. They had been threatened to never speak in the name of Jesus again. From the very beginning of the church moving forward in the power of the Holy Spirit, they are confronted with opposition. And what was the first thing that they did when they were released?
They prayed. They found their friends who loved Jesus, and they all prayed.
And how did they pray?
“Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, ‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed’―for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus'” (Acts 4:24-30, ESV).
And what did God do? He shook the earth! Why? Because they asked. They prayed. And look at the prayer again. They prayed big!!! They prayed for boldness to continue to preach the gospel that they were just threatened to stop sharing (by the same guys who orchestrated the death of their Rabbi). They prayed for signs and wonders to happen. They prayed. And God? He shook the earth.
I want to see God rattle the earth because his people are praying. So because of that, I am asking every single person to pray. We pray for God to give us boldness to reach people with the gospel. We pray that God would do the miraculous in our midst. And then we move forward in the confidence that God is up to something, and by something I mean he is going to accomplish everything that he wants to. And the best part of it all? We get to be part of it.
So what does this look like?
1). Commit to pray for the country or people group of the month that Mary brings up every month.
2). Be a part of Lost on Bride on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 9am at the campus of Purpose Claremont. What does the name Lost and Bride mean? It means that this prayer time is focused on praying for those who do not know Jesus to come to a saving knowledge him (LOST), and then to pray for Christ’s BRIDE, the church―both the local and the global church at large
Email Mary for more info (email@example.com)
3). Join the prayer team for Purpose Church Claremont.
Click here for the link that will get you added to the prayer team on a service called Flock. Once you’re on Flock, just search for the prayer team and join.
You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org and request to be added to the team.
4). Submit prayer requests through the website
Click here and scroll to the bottom of the homepage to submit a prayer request through the website.
5). Email your prayer requests into the prayer team.
Let’s see God shake the earth. Let’s pray.