Acts 12: 4 and imprisoned him, placing him under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each. Herod’s intention was to bring Peter out for public trial after the Passover.
Last week we discussed some different prisons we find ourselves in but the good news is this, there has never been a prison lock for which God does not have the master key. He is able to unlock any prison door you might find yourself in. As long as we humble ourselves, fast, read His word and seek His face in prayer, the prison door will open. As God gets greater in you, the prison door loses its power to confine you.
Remember the desperation of the situation, James beheaded and now Peter imprisoned and surrounded by 16 soldiers and about to be martyred but there was an answer, the answer then is still our answer today…PRAYER!
Acts 12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
The early church family made up their minds that what they couldn’t do, God could do when they prayed in faith. So they set up people to pray around the clock for this desperate situation. Peter was an influential leader of the early church and they needed him. Prayer changes things; we must never forget that simple powerful one liner. That’s why we are commanded in Phil 4:6 Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. NLT
Friend, worry will weaken your faith or faith will destroy your worries but we must learn not to worry but to PRAY. If it’s big enough to concern you, then it’s big enough to pray over.
Nothing is impossible to the man or woman who believes in the power of prayer. No one is more powerful when they are on their knees in prayer. Through the power of prayer the lame walk, the deaf hear, the dumb talk and lives are transformed. Prayer is AMAZING!
George Muller is a prime example of a man who believes in the power of prayer. George Müller (German) (1805 –1898), a Christian evangelist and Director of the Ashley Down Orphanage in Bristol, England, cared for 10,024 orphans in his life. He was well known for providing an education to the children under his care, to the point where he was accused of raising the poor above their natural station in life. He also established 117 schools which offered Christian education to over 120,000 children, many of them being orphans. So pastor what is so amazing about George? It’s simply this; everything he accomplished and did was accomplished by the power of prayer. Let’s talk about some of his accomplishments in Father God’s Kingdom.
Müller moved to Bristol on May 25, 1832 to begin working at Bethesda Chapel. Along with Henry Craik, he continued preaching there until his death, even while devoted to his other ministries. In 1834, he founded the Scriptural Knowledge Institution for Home and Abroad, with the goal of aiding Christian schools and missionaries; distributing Bible and Christian tracts; and providing Day-schools, Sunday-schools and Adult-schools, all upon a Scriptural foundation. By the end of February 1835, there were five Day-schools – two for boys and three for girls. Not receiving government support and only accepting unsolicited gifts, this organization received and disbursed $2,718,844 – around $144 million in today's terms – by the time of Müller's death, primarily using the money for supporting the orphanages and distributing about 285,407 Bibles, 1,459,506 New Testaments, and 244,351 other religious texts, which were translated into twenty other languages. The money was also used to support other "faith missionaries” around the world, such as Hudson Taylor.
His secret was private prayer. He never solicited any money or help from anyone. He simply prayed it in and God honored his faith. Friends, prayers prayed in faith can still move mountains, heal the incurable, give hope, bring peace, and supply needs supernaturally! Many times the orphans would have no food and God, at the last moment, would send food supernaturally. One time God allowed a milk truck to break down in front of the orphanage when they had no milk. That is the power of prayer!
As the church prayed for Peter, we will see in next week’s devotion that what they could not do, God did for them in sending an angel to rescue Peter from his prison. Believe God for the IMPOSSIBLE!
Prayer Points: Father in Jesus Name I ask you believing that you will deliver my loved ones from spiritual prisons that hold them captive.