by Tammy Phillips
July 30, 2020
Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. – Acts 12:5 NKJV
Almighty Father God, Creator of the universe, creator of every star, every planet, every person, every drop of water and every grain of sand; that same and only, God answers our prayers.
We are told In Acts 12 that Herod the King had had enough of the disciples. He determined to injure them and their cause. He killed James the brother of John. Then…
“Peter was therefore kept in prison, BUT constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. – Acts 12:5 NKJV.
Peter was handcuffed to two guards and two others guarded him because he had escaped prison earlier in Acts 5. The church went into action on Peter’s behalf. They went straight to God. They offered earnest, unceasing, not obligatory, prayers. God responded and sent an angel to escort Peter out of bondage. Peter was loosed from his chains, his guards, and an iron gate that just opened automatically. Miracle? Call it what you want. God answered, unlocked and set Peter free from his bonds. He is the same God and will do the same for you, your family and your friends. He sent Jesus to set the captives free. Jesus has already paid for our freedom. We just have to believe it and accept it.
Think about what happened next! Peter had been asleep in the prison not worrying about being executed the next day. After he was set free, he arrived at his safe spot in town in the middle of the night and many were gathered together, still praying. (Acts 12:12) Don’t you want friends that will pray you loose in the middle of the night? I want to be the friend who will intercede for you in the middle of the night. (It is 3:38 AM. As soon as I post this, know that I am praying for YOU, our President, our leaders and our nation.)
What happened next was like something out of a sitcom. Peter went to where they were praying, knocked on the door, and a girl answered the call. However, she did not open the gate. She was so excited that she went and told the ‘Prayers’ that it was Peter. They said, “No way. YOU ARE CRAZY! It’s his angel.”
“But Peter continued knocking; and when they opened [the door] and saw him, they were amazed.” – Acts 12:16 KJV
The answer to their continual prayer was knocking at the door and they could not see it. They were amazed.
We have every opportunity to be amazed by God, but we have to pray with care and faithful expectation to see results. Prayers are not wishes that we throw in the air and hope God will catch our words. When we pray, we must believe that God is who He says, He is and will do what He says He will do. I want to always be amazed and thankful when He acts on our behalf.
I enCOURAGE you to faithfully pray. I know that it is easy to say pray, when all the bills are paid, we have food to eat, a place to live, and our family is doing well. However, God does not change just because our situations do. So…PRAY, PRAY, and BE AMAZED by our LOVING FATHER.