Although completely overlooked in our daily rush through life and drastically underestimated in comparison to our modern capabilities, the greatest thing that we will ever do in our lifetime is to pray. That is not simply a Christian overstatement in order to please God or to sound super-spiritual. If we stopped for just a moment and seriously considered what prayer actually is then we would shutter in humility at how often we take this great privilege for granted.
One of the original disciples of Jesus had just been executed by the same man who proceeded to arrest Peter with the intent on executing him in front of all of Jerusalem. Peter was the prominent leader of the early church and now the church needed to do something quick to rescue their great brother and leader. So what’s the first action they decide to take?
I know I'm not the only one, but I must confess that there are too many days in my life where I overlook the incredible privilege of having access to the Creator of the universe. I have been given the freedom to come to him with all my cares and concerns, and yet I don't.
I am a regular at the local coffee shop in Downtown Woodstock as it has become my own personal office. Rather than playing zone defense in an attempt to defend my privacy from four children under the age of eight, I sit quietly at my favorite table up against the wooden bleacher seating unique to Copper Coin Coffee in Woodstock, Georgia. This coffee shop get-a-way is an application of wisdom and discernment on my part. As I sit there each week and cherish my Ethiopian pour-over, I seek to take advantage of this quiet time. It is here that I often find the Holy Spirit subtly offering His wisdom aimed directly at my heart.
What kind of prayer do you have to pray that leads to God answering with an earthquake? As I read through these beginnings of the early church, I can feel their passion and persistence in such a way that I begin to envy these early followers. These men had tasted the Lord, the Holy Spirit, and now they were addicted.