EARNEST PRAYER

 “Earnest Prayer”

In Acts chapter 12, we read that King Herod began to harass some from the church.  (Read of his humiliating and untimely death in verses 20-24) He killed James the brother of John.  Remember, James and John were fishermen when Jesus called them.  They had the nickname of , Sons of Thunder.  When Herod saw how James’ execution pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter and put him in prison with the thought no doubt of executing Peter also.

In Acts 12:5 says “Earnest prayer was offered to God for him by the church.”  A miracle took place after prayer.  The night before Peter was to be brought out before the people, the angel of the Lord appeared in the prison, he struck Peter on the side, woke him up and said, Arise quickly.  Put on your garment and your sandals and follow me!  His chains just fell off him.  He led Peter out of prison and the iron gate just opened of its own accord.  After Peter was in the clear the angel left him.  Peter goes to the house where the saints were praying and Rhoda a young girl went to the door and was so excited, she left him standing outside the locked door and ran to tell the others Peter was there and they did not believe her!  They said it was his angel.

 

What do we learn from this?  When the church gets focused on God and digs a deep trench of prayer, miracles happen. 

James 5:16 says, The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

You can imagine how these saints cried out to God for their beloved Peter.  After James’ execution, the church was feeling overwhelmed by evil powers.  They turned to their greatest resource:  prayer.  Prayer is a spiritual weapon against the forces of evil.  When it seems that evil is having its day, earnest and prayer to God will bring the intervention of God.  Prayer is warfare.  God’s heavenly hosts (angels) will be released when God’s people gather and pray.

 

Discover this great weapon.

Ephesians 6:18 says, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…”  Let’s continue to be “a praying church.”

Pastor Dan