Holy Spirit Manifestations

October 23, 2017Straight Talk

The Question:

When I am in deep prayer sometimes I will get a shaking over my whole body and what feels like pressure, very heavy pressure on me. I often pray through this feeling until it lifts but really would like to know more about it. Also, I often will feel this heaviness while praying for someone else. I will feel sensations come upon me such as illness, a pain, confusion and darkness and I pray till it leaves me—or comes off them. I’m seeking God on answers to all this. Can you help?

– D. from Unknown Location

The Answer
Part 1: Unusual manifestations

Unusual manifestations (Part 1)

Shaking as described in scripture is both an awesome and fearful thing. It was awesome that after the disciples “had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:31) I would’ve loved to see it.

Another type of shaking I hope I don’t live to see. There is a time still coming (often called the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord) that God spoke of through Isaiah the prophet. “Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken from its place.” (Isaiah 13:13) I’d rather skip that! But in both these cases, God is in the shaking.

God often uses shaking to change things, either in the natural or in the spiritual realm. Shaking can indicate his presence and his power at work. It is therefore not totally uncommon for deep prayer to be accompanied by shaking or sometimes just a sense of internal trembling. Likewise, people often feel a pressure (sometimes in only one portion of their body) and sometimes a sensation of heat.

Think of this: when God shows up there is usually some sort of physical reaction. Note what happened to Daniel when the angel Gabriel appeared to him. He described his reaction, “…yet no strength was left in me, for my natural color turned to a deathly pallor and I retained no strength.” Then, afterward, “a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees.”(Daniel 10:9-10) I’m glad Daniel took the trouble to describe what happened to him, it’s helpful to us!

I don’t know why some people experience these types of manifestations of the Holy Spirit and why others don’t. I don’t know what is going on in the spiritual realm that triggers it. I don’t know why or how God uses it in prayer. I have come to see over time that God does not always explain to us all his spiritual laws though I believe some spiritual law is at work. Experience is our best teacher. Many people eventually have a sense of what is happening and what to do when these things occur.

In your case, I think you are doing the right thing. Keep praying, especially until there is a lifting. Don’t be distracted by any physical reactions you have but keep your eyes on God. Learn from the things you observe surrounding these events. Along those lines, it may be helpful to get feedback from people you pray for when you have a shaking or pressure etc. Ask them afterward what they felt. Were they healed? Did something change for them?

As times goes along and you understand this better and better yourself, be sure to let the rest of us know! God bless your ministry.


  1. Marlith


    • Maggie

      Your post has helped me a lot to understand the holy spirit presence. Shalom

  2. Laura

    Hi my shake is internal never had it before.but I feel the earth move under my feet..its kinda cool, and my internal shaking gets going when praying, I dont mind it I know the lord is with me. Not to mention he seems to diminish if i dont get into pray..oh try not to get angry then its gets visible oh boy you can clearing see him in me..so i try to stay meek and love the lord..oh wakes me up sometimes but get into pray you should be okay..at least that’s what i think i feel that i have. I think I’m okay, your thoughts …

    • Barbara Lardinais

      I think you’re okay too. Keep your eyes on Him like you are doing. God bless you!

  3. James Lane

    So I have this internal shaking too and it was kind of scary at first but I did pray through it and I feel and know Christ is with me ! Something I’ve never experienced before in my life and it’s awesome!

    • Barbara Lardinais

      Awesome indeed! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Tracy

    Since my water baptism 40 years ago I received the Holy Spirit and every time I pray, everyday, all day, and night as much as I can, Jesus has led me into intercession and lets me know when in prayer who to pray for , my eyelids flutter, my arms and hands shake and the more I pray the more I shake feels like I’m going to take off and fly like an eagle. Jesus has revealed that praying in tongues is beneficial as an intercessor as the Holy Spirit knows exactly what to say and in boldness bringing blessings from Heaven to earth. At first the shaking was a bit unusual but it happens every time and since praying in tongues with the shaking it is complementary. Acts 4:31 and Daniel 10:9-10 have certainly clarified and given a peace within. Thank you

    • Tommy

      I have had a similar experience when praying in the spirit. I know it’s God and it encourages me to pray more!
      God bless!

  5. mae

    This is so true. And it’s not just that, I felt like there was an earthquake and I feel like I will fall every time that I’m praying. That feeling that your strength we’re being seeped throughout your body.

  6. Evelyn G. Luna

    I often experience shaking and trembling of hands whenever i’m in a deep prayer that God allows me to experience His presence through praying in tongues.


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