Scripture Reading:  Acts 12:1-19

“So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.” (Acts 12:5)

Have you ever found yourself praying for something that is tremendously important to you — something so big that it would take a miracle to have your prayer answered?  Perhaps deep down you really don’t expect God to answer your prayer.  We can easily forget the words of James:  “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (James 5:16).  Prayer is a powerful tool in the hands of a believer.

Our Scripture reading today is an example of the power of prayer.  Herod Agrippa I launched an attack on the early believers.  He had James the brother of John killed by the sword and he went after Peter.  Peter was arrested and placed into prison under heavy guard.  While Peter was in prison the believers prayed for his release:  “Ernest prayer for him was made to God by the church.”  Herod had no idea what he was up against!

On the night before Peter’s trial, God sent an angel to deliver him from prison (vs. 6,7).  The angel miraculously freed Peter from the jail.  His chains fell off and the angel led Peter past the guards.  The iron gate that led into the city opened miraculously.  Peter thought he was having a dream unit the angel left him.  Then he proceeded to the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark, where many believers had gathered to pray for Peter.

When Peter arrived, the people who were praying did not believe the report they head from the servant girl that Peter was standing at the door of the house.  This was too good to be true!  Those early believers learned about the power of prayer.  “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.  Amen”  (Ephesians 3:20,21).

Lord Jesus, thank You for the gift of prayer.  Thank You that You hear my prayers and actually take delight in them.  I know that You are able to do far more abundantly than all I can ask to even think!


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