Just like many Christians today, Peter was arrested and put in prison. James had been killed. “But earnest prayer for [Peter] was made to God by the church” (Acts 12:5). Those gathered at Mary’s home had no idea what was taking place in that prison where Peter was.
Many times, our prayers reflect what we know rather than unwavering confidence that God knows. So often our prayers are influenced by the little we do know of situations rather than placing the whole circumstance in God’s hands and believing that His plan and purpose will be done, irrespective of how bad things look.
God sent His angel to the prison where Peter was; “bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison” (12:6). Humanly, there was no possible way for Peter to escape or be rescued, except by divine intervention. What is striking about this scene is that “Peter was sleeping between two soldiers.” There was no anxiety in his heart, no pacing the floor, or any other sign of worry. He had experienced divine intervention in another way; changing the whole direction of his ministry from ministering only to Jews, to witnessing God opening the heart of Gentiles. Was he going to doubt God’s hand in this situation?
When Peter was brought out of prison by the angel and arrived at Mary’s home, those gathered were still in earnest prayer for Peter and could not believe that he was standing at the entry. Do we pray expecting God to answer immediately? He does not always answer in that way, but if we know that it could be His will, should we not expect that there will be an immediate answer?
We received a powerful prayer from one of our ‘prayer warriors’ expressing great confidence in God releasing Randy from a difficult and dangerous situation. We are waiting and continue to pray for him. Let’s continue to pray in earnest, with believing faith, and expectancy.
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