Earnest Prayer in Christ’s Church

Scripture reading for May 21st:  Acts 12, Psalm 101, Proverbs 8

Key Scriptures:  Acts 12:1-5 “About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church.  He killed James, the brother of John with the sword, and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also.  This was during the days of Unleavened Bread.  And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people.  So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.”  

King Herod hated the believers and followers of Jesus.  He also wanted to please the Jews to appease them.  So he violently seized James, the brother of John, and put him to death.  He arrested Peter, but it was during the Passover celebration week.  Not wanting to disrupt this, he decided to postpone Peter’s execution.  But the church was praying!  The result was an angelic intervention that freed Peter and brought about the death of his guards and the death of King Herod.  God knows how to turn the tables when His people pray!

Faith Confession:  Lord, thank You for Your care for Your people.  I trust Your care and ways for both James and Peter and for me and Your church.  Help me to always earnestly pray and seek You in times of persecution.

Proverbs 8:35-36 “For whoever finds Me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, but he who fails to find Me injures himself; all who hate Me love death.”  

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