The Weather Channel has a history of programs which illustrate strange weather phenomena. Shows like It Could Happen Tomorrow are based upon ideal conditions which come together to create the perfect storm. If this has happened in the past, can the same components result in a spiritual earthquake?
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, Acts 4:31.
One of the first accounts of such of an event is recorded by a first century doctor. It’s not uncommon for individuals to embellish, exaggerate or stretch the truth. However, this characteristic is unusual for a respected man of medicine. Although bizarre, a similar encounter occurs in the city of Philippi. Sure, this region is known for earthquakes, but is it possible for prayer to create a movement of God which imitates this geological event?
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose, Acts 16:25-26.
Over the past thirty years, I’ve witnessed my own series of answered prayers, healing and miracles. Although I’ve never experienced anything like these 2 stories in the Bible, I have sensed God’s presence. During intense periods of prayer and moving worship services in the past, my heart, soul and mind have been energized by an invisible presence. If you draw close enough to God, perhaps you too will encounter a spiritual earthquake inspired by the Holy Spirit.
by Jay Mankus