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. (Acts 4:31)
The association is remarkable. Miracles and prayer are closely knitted companions. After the healing of the lame man outside the temple and the ensuing persecution, the early believers gathered together to pray. They were at a loss what to do next. What followed were some of the greatest miracles in the history of the early church. Signs and wonders broke out. Two pseudo-believers were struck dead. The infirmed were healed. So great was the grace that even Peter’s shadow had power to raise the sick laid out on the streets. Multitudes flocked into the Kingdom. The church overflowed. It’s hard to tell which came first. Miracles or prayer? Depends on your starting point.
Sometimes miracles follow prayer. At other times prayers follow miracles. After Paul had cast the demons from the fortune telling slave girl, he was praying in prison and singing praises to God with Silas, when the earthquake came and the doors flew open, and chains fell off (Acts 16:25-26). See the flow? Prayers followed after the miracle of the slave girl, and the earthquake followed the prayers. You can’t separate one from the other. Prayers bring miracles, and these breakthroughs cause us to pray even more. Such is the vast supply of grace.
I believe this is the year to fall into the breadth, length, height and depth of God’s love, and to know the love of Christ, which surpasses all understanding, so that we may be filled with all the fullness of God (Eph 3:18-19). To do that, let us drop into the sea of prayer now rippling into Skyline. In February, the 24/7 prayer track will start again for all of us, with the completion of a new prayer room that will allow for all to come in at any time of the day or night to meet God in prayer and intercession. And, as we together flow in prayer, miracles will begin to invade our lives and church! Be ready.
Ps Dr Philip Lyn