Week 44 Sunday

Earnest Prayer

Today’s scripture selection: Acts 11-12

Key Verse: Acts 12:5

“So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.”

The Scripture is full of accounts in which miraculous things happen – and so often – there is one key element to it all – prayer.

Not just any kind of prayer.  No

  • Half-hearted muttering
  • Mysterious, other-worldly language
  • Ritualistic magical incantations

Just simple, earnest prayer.

In the case of the Apostle Peter’s release from prison, recorded in the book of Acts, it’s a story filled with dramatic action.  There are enemies filled with anger; armed guards and a dark dungeon; a king bent on destroying those who oppose him; and the simple, God-fearing people who pray.

Oh yes, there’s an angel too – and a miraculous escape.

But what is the most important part of the story?  That the people of God were gathered, “praying earnestly” for one of their own.

I don’t think we can ever fully appreciate just how powerful and effective such prayer is.

Maybe that is why we so often try and take matters into our own hands first, then, almost as an afterthought, we add prayer to the mix.

But reverse that order – pray with all your heart, soul and mind – first – and, according to Scripture; that is when the truly miraculous happens.

So, first things first – pray.

Prayer: Almighty, all loving God, in the spiritual battles I must fight, may I always remember the most powerful weapon I have at my disposal – simple, earnest prayer.  AMEN.

 

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