There is power in prayer.
Christine Caine, founder of the anti-human trafficking campaign A21, describes how she prayed for hours whilst they were building the stadiums for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, “I used to sit on the edge where the deep holes were dug to pour in the foundations and my tears would drip into the cement”.
Then the Director for Youth Alive in Sydney, Christine prayed that God’s glory would be revealed through the gathering of His people in one place, under one accord, with one heart singing praises to His Name. This site is now Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park, where thousands gather every year under the name of Jesus in Australia’s largest annual conference, Hillsong Conference.
In 1904, Wales saw more than 100,000 people come to know Christ in under six months in a revival characterised by prayer, praise, joy, victory and the re-discovery of the Holy Spirit. The leader of this Revival, Evan Roberts, was a man known for his intense, fervent prayer who had believed for over 10 years to see the people of Wales come to know Jesus.
As we continue this study, let’s allow God to awaken us to the conversation of prayer. With the example of the early church and great leaders like Evan Roberts inspiring us, let us intercede for our families and friends and believe for the salvation of those who do not yet know Christ.
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.
Acts 4:31 (NIV)