“They brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds
and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might
fall on some of them” (Acts 5:15).
The apostles lived and ministered in the realm of the miraculous.
Even laymen such as Stephen and Philip, who served tables, were
mighty in the Holy Spirit, working miracles and stirring entire cities.
Peter was so full of the Holy Spirit that the sick were brought into
the streets on beds and couches so that his shadow would fall on
them for healing. It was not uncommon to see cripples healed and
leaping through the temple.
Why are we not seeing such miraculous power today? God has
not changed! The apostles knew the cost of the miraculous and
eagerly paid it. We have the same promises as the apostles and
God is willing to move in such a way again. We need more of
Jesus – more of his saving power, more of the miraculous –
than any past generation.
Why did God respond miraculously to the apostles? Because they
were given to prayer! The book of Acts is the account of holy men
and women seeking the Lord´s face. From beginning to end, it tells
of how prayer moved God, whether in the upper room, in prison, or
in some secret house. They prayed without ceasing, spending
hours and days shut in with God until they received clear, detailed
guidance. And what incredible specifics God gave them!
Sadly, believers today have been taught to “take everything by faith,”
so they seldom pray. Don´t be misled. You can receive the very
same clear word from God as the apostles did if you seek his face
in prayer with intensity. There is no substitute for time spent in the
presence of the King. He is eager to show you his love, mercy,
grace and power. “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man
avails much” (James 5:16).