Sunday, November 3, 2013

Earnestly Praying To God

Prayer is the link that connects us with God.  It is the bridge that spans every gulf and carries us safely over every chasm of danger or need.

Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.  {Acts 12:5}  I love the devotional Streams In The Desert.  I feel like I just went through a prison of my own and the church was earnestly praying for me.  The rest of this post is from this devotional since it really ministered to me.

Think of the significance of this story of the first-century church?  Everything seemed to be coming against it, for Peter was in prison, the Jews appeared triumphant, Herod still reigned supreme, and the arena of martyrdom was eagerly awaiting the next morning so it could drink the apostle's blood.  "But the church was earnestly praying to God for him."  So what was the outcome?  The prison was miraculously opened, the apostle freed, the Jews bewildered, and as a display of God's punishment, wicked King Herod "was eaten by worms and died."  And rolling on to even greater victory, "the word of God continued to increase and spread."

Do we truly know the power of our supernatural weapon of prayer?  Do we dare to use it with the authority of a faith that not only asks but also commands?  God baptizes us with holy boldness and divine confidence, for He is looking not for great people but for people who will dare to prove the greatness of their God!  "But the church was earnestly praying."

In your prayers, above everything else, beware of limiting God, not only through unbelief but also by thinking you know exactly what He can do.  Learn to expect the unexpected, beyond all that you ask or think.