The Holy Spirit and Shaking During Prayer

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Prayer is a central aspect of the Christian faith and a means for believers to communicate with God and receive His blessings. Many believers have reported feeling the presence of the Holy Spirit in various forms during prayer, including shaking.

In this article, we will explore what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit and shaking during prayer, and examine historical accounts of this phenomenon.

Holy Spirit in the Bible

Biblical References Of Shaking

The Holy Spirit is mentioned frequently in the New Testament and is considered a vital part of the Christian faith. The Holy Spirit is seen as the helper and comforter, who empowers and guides believers in their faith journey. The Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles on the Day of Pentecost, recorded in the book of Acts, where they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in tongues (Acts 2:1-4).

In the book of Acts, there are at least 2 accounts where the Holy Spirit was associated with shaking. The apostle Paul encountered a group of people in Ephesus who were practicing sorcery, and he cast out evil spirits from them (Acts 19:11-12). “Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.”

Many times when people are delivered, there is shaking and convulsing.

Another example is in Acts 2 where the 120 who were experiencing a powerful move of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost were accused of being drunk. (Acts 2:13) Although it doesn’t specifically say they were shaking, one of the characteristics of drunkenness is staggering and loss of body control. Very similar to shaking.

Peter refutes the claim of drunkenness in Acts 2:15-21. He informs the crowd that it is the Holy Spirit causing these manifestations.

Historical Accounts Of Shaking During Prayer

Throughout history, many Christians have reported experiencing shaking during prayer and worship. For example, the Welsh revival of 1904-1905 was a significant event in the history of the Christian church where many believers experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit in various ways, including shaking. Similarly, the Azusa Street Revival of 1906 was a revival where many people reported feeling the power of the Holy Spirit, including shaking. These events serve as reminders of the Holy Spirit’s presence and power in the lives of believers.

Shaking during prayer can take many forms, from slight tremors to more intense physical reactions. Some believers report feeling an inner trembling, while others report more outward physical manifestations. Regardless of the form it takes, shaking during prayer is often seen as a sign of the Holy Spirit’s presence and power.


Shaking during prayer has been reported by many Christians throughout history, and some believe it to be a manifestation of the Holy Spirit’s presence. The Bible only mentions shaking during prayer once in the book of Acts, and it is not clear whether this is a common experience for all believers. Regardless, the Holy Spirit remains a central figure in the lives of believers, empowering and guiding them in their faith journey.

In conclusion, the phenomenon of shaking during prayer is a powerful reminder of the Holy Spirit’s presence in the lives of believers. Whether we experience it ourselves or observe it in others, it is a testament to the power of prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. As we seek the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in our prayers, we can be confident that He is at work, guiding us and empowering us to live a life of faith.

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