Wednesday, 7 October 2015

ACTS 12: The Power of Prayer

Good afternoon, girls! Today I'm sharing with you what I learned from this chapter and it is probably something you already know and have heard about often, but we can never be reminded too often about the power of prayer. In recent times, I have seen real evidences of answered prayer in my life and in the lives of those I love. These are not coincidences or good luck. No, it is something far more real and important. It is seeing the hand of God at work and moving in lives in answer to our requests.. God loves to hear His children pray, the more the better. Just while you're doing the dishes at the sink, preparing a meal for the family, driving the car (as long as you can concentrate on your driving and are safe!)...we can pray at anytime to our heavenly Father.

Prayer is mentioned often in Chapter 12. In verse 5, the church prayed and prayed and prayed for the imprisoned Peter. Wouldn't you think that Peter would be feeling nervous and worried about what was going to happen to him when Herod summoned him later that night? But here we find Peter fast asleep, chained up in prison between two guards, seemingly unconcerned. Why do you think this would be? I imagine it was because he was resting secure and content in the knowledge that nothing would happen to him without God's say so and also because he knew without a doubt that the people of God would be praying for him, which indeed they were! In fact, he was in such a sound sleep that the angel had to give him a dig in the side to waken him up! He did exactly as the angel told him to do but even Peter himself began to wonder if this was just a dream as he calmly walked out past all the guards to relative safety and deliverance.

As he came to his senses and the event began to dawn on his consciousness, he made his way to the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark. Did he find the house all shut up for the night while the people inside were fast asleep, as he had been a short time ago? No! He knocked on the door of this building where the people of God were in prayer for Peter's deliverance. Even while they were still praying, God had already answered their prayers! Isn't that amazing! Very often while you and I are praying for something or someone, God is already working away in the background, answering our prayers. That should encourage us to keep on praying. But don't be discouraged if He doesn't answer straightaway. God has perfect timing!

Isn't it interesting to note that, even though the Christians had been up all night praying for Peter's release, when he appeared on their doorstep, they didn't actually believe it was really him? I think this might be because they had it worked out in their mind that, yes God would answer their prayers, but not like this. They maybe thought that Herod would have a change of heart and decide to let him go after all. But God did a much better job. He showed all the people, Herod included, that He is Almighty God and nothing can stand in His way when He decides to act. Sometimes we have an idea in our own mind of how God will work things out for us; maybe we even have the path all planned out, including dates, times and certain people all playing a part. But this is not a good idea, because we can get disappointed when God's timing is different from ours and His plans are very often different from ours. So let's just try to be patient and let God work in His own way and time...but in the meantime, keep praying!

Where your are today is no accident. God is using the situation you are in right now to shape you and prepare you for the place He wants to bring you into tomorrow. Trust Him with His plan even if you don't understand it.:

Hugs, Karen x

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