There was a minor earth quake in LA last night (4.5 magnitude). I didn't feel it but heard about it from someone who had never felt one. I remember my first earth quake. My parents, sister and I had just moved to San Jose. It happened at night. I was dreaming and thought someone was shaking the bed. Then I woke up: it was an earthquake. Big deal then! Apparently it loses it's effect over time.
There's tremendous power released in an earthquake. At first that's daunting and frightening. After a while you barely notice. (Unless it's a big earthquake like the one in Indonesia.)
Prayer has greater power than an earthquake. Yet, do we get numb to it too? In the book of Acts,the author Luke tells the story about Peter and John who were imprisoned by the religious power and elite. They were questioned, threatened and let go. Acts 4:23-31 tells us what happens after Peter and John were set free:
On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. "Sovereign Lord," they said, "you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David...Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus."
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.