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Introduction: It is an excellent decision to start a new season by setting aside 21 days for fasting and prayer. This can be a time to abstain from food for spiritual purposes, to set aside more time for prayer, and to set your heart toward waiting upon the Lord. Focusing your time around a scripture or passage in scripture will also maximize the season's fruitfulness. In this message, we are focusing on Acts 4:31 "And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness." This is a place of united prayer, a place that experienced a supernatural shaking.
"Shaken" prayer is a united prayer encounter that shakes everything around us. Prayer is a powerful force that achieves supernatural results. Heaven is summoned to act on earth in the affairs of men. Prayer is the language of heaven that God hears and answers. Jeremiah 33:3 says, "Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know." God says He has some mind-blowing, eye-popping things to show us and reveal to us. Prayer obtains things seemed impossible and out of reach.
I. SHAKEN TO PRAY
A. SHAKEN DEFINED
1. Acts 4:30-31 "Stretch out your hand to heal, and grant that wonders and miracles may be performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus." And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
2. Shaken is to move something by force or power, to remove obstacles, to shake off unwanted things, to arouse to action.
B. WHEN THE PEOPLE HAD PRAYED
1. Prayer is mentioned 31 times in the book of Acts.
2. Prayer precedes every significant event in Acts.
3. Prayer was the link between power and the person of the Holy Spirit.
C. "WHEN" - ...
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