After Jesus’s ascension, Peter and the other apostles preached about Jesus and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. They also laid hands on the sick so that they recovered. There was a man in Acts 3 who was lame from birth who sat at the gate of the temple to beg. Peter and John commanded the man to be healed in the name of Jesus Christ and he was healed.
This miracle caused quite a stirring among the people who gathered around Peter and John in amazement. They used this opportunity to teach the people about Jesus Christ and his resurrection from the dead. The religious leaders at the time were greatly distressed about this. They had ordered Jesus’s death as a way to stop people from believing in him. And here were the apostles teaching about Jesus and performing miracles in his name.
Peter and John were arrested and threatened by the religious rulers and told not to speak anymore of Jesus. So when Peter and John left the prison, they gathered with other believers and prayed to God for boldness to continue to proclaim the gospel. They also prayed for power to heal the sick and to continue to perform signs and wonders in the name of Jesus.
I believe that the apostles prayers were so bold that it shook the very foundation of the place where they were meeting. These men were not merely praying for God to bless them or to meet their needs. They were praying to be filled with power from on high to proclaim the gospel and to bring healing, deliverance and freedom. I imagine that their prayers ushered in a double portion of God’s presence, power and anointing.
I pray that our prayers will be bold enough to shake the cities and towns where we live. That the Holy Spirit’s power will be so tangible in our lives that a major shift will take place in our churches, our homes and places of employment. God we pray for a shaking.