Life is strange. Just when you think all is well—you’re healthy in body and mind, your friends are all happily married, kids are doing well—I mean, life is great! So, what can go wrong? Well, if you are asking the church in the First Century in Acts 12:1-25, the answer is, well, everything.
Here’s the backdrop: the church is growing. God’s kingdom is expanding beyond Jerusalem into a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic movement. Gentiles are getting saved-the Christians are turning their world upside down. Then…suddenly, we read in v. 1: “About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church.” Peter is arrested and put in prison. But notice how the church responded to this: they prayed. (v. 5) They did not panic. They prayed. They chose to trust God.
If you have not already noticed, the solution for all their problems was prayer. They prayed about everything. No wonder God did such impossible things through them. The size of our prayers determine the size of our miracles. These believers prayed for big things. And in response to their prayers, God delivered Peter from prison (vv. 7-10) with a mighty hand! God wants to deliver us, too. He seeks to bring us out of our prisons. But do we believe God can deliver us? Do we believe He wants to deliver us?
I am praying for our church this week, that God would give us faith to pray for the impossible. When we do, we will watch and be amazed at God’s power! Friends, there is nothing too hard for God! Do you believe this?
Let’s pray for deliverance!