Acts 4:31 NIVUK
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.

Revelation 8:4-5 NIVUK
4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.

Persecuted, the early disciples turn to God in prayer for help. The response is dramatic – an earthquake and a manifestation of the Holy Spirit. This episode reminds me of the scene in Revelation when the people’s prayers are taken to God’s throne room and the response is symbolised similarly. Sometimes it may feel that prayer accomplishes nothing, these two scenes dramatically suggest otherwise!

Lord, give me a greater faith in prayer!