Welcome Home – 40 Day Fast Devotion #16

Power in Prayer
Matt Destry – Communications Pastor
 
Scripture
Acts 4:31
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. 
 
Insight
A boy was walking along a pier. At the end of the pier sat an old man, fishing. “Have you caught anything yet?” asked the boy, expectantly. “Caught anything? Ha!” replied the old man. “I never catch anything. I’m just here passing time.” 
 
We can often fall into the trap of praying without expecting any results. We pray because we know we should, because we know it’s important, but we fail to look for answers to prayer or the opening of the door that we’ve been knocking at. There are times when answered prayer is harder to measure, and not all answers some straight away. Still, we can sometimes resemble the old fisherman, who’s not really fishing at all. 
 
The gathered believers in Acts 4 have been imprisoned, questioned, threatened and now had gathered in prayer. Their purpose was clear, and their priority of the activity and character of God was central. What came next was the power. After the final ‘Amen’, the whole environment they were meeting in rocked and shook, and the believers were filled powerfully with the Holy Spirit. What an answer to prayer! They had been praying for boldness and courage, for power to proclaim the Gospel. This is what they received. 
 
We have a good Father who loves to give good gifts to His children. When we ask God in faith, it is then our task to wait expectantly for the answer! More, to step out upon the word we’ve been given, and to expect God to meet us there. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. There is supernatural power to be found in the prayer-closet, and it will be available to us if we ask, seek and knock.