Today’s text is yet another story of how God can deliver His people out of hopeless situations in perilous times.
This is a real story of true deliverance. God delivered Peter after the church offered constant, fervent prayer to God. We should learn from this story. We should be inspired to become people of prayer, knowing that prayer makes a difference.
“Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread. So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover. Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.” So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him. And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.” Acts 12:1-11, NKJV.
So powerful this example in the word! I have lived wonderful results of other’s prayers and seen the results of my own yet still wander from remembering the importance of it all. It really IS NOT the last resort but the FIRST LINE of action when facing any ordeal… and has the most beneficial result! I this do believe but my actions bely this! God help my unbelief that I may pray more frequently, more fervently, more constantly as these early believers did… with FAITH and thus please the Lord.
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