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December 20, 2012

Pray Great Prayers, Expect Great Answers

Acts 12

Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. And behold an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands. And the angel said to him, “Dress yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them of its own accord, and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel left him. 1When Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.”

12 When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together andwere praying. 13 And when he knocked at the door of the gateway, a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer. 14 Recognizing Peter’s voice, in her joy she did not open the gate but ran in and reported that Peter was standing at the gate. 15 They said to her, “You are out of your mind.” But she kept insisting that it was so, and they kept saying, “It is his angel!” 16 But Peter continued knocking, and when they opened, they saw him and were amazed. 17 But motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, “Tell these things to James and to the brothers.” Then he departed and went to another place.

As Christians, we are sometimes tempted to pray small prayers as if everything is too hard for God. Remember nothing is too difficult for God. Sometimes, we pray prayers thinking that there is no way God could answer this not that it is too difficult but the circumstances around me says it’s impossible.

In this story, the church was praying that Peter would escape. There prayers were answered but not in the way they expected. God sent an angel to set Peter free. That is how powerful our prayers are. Angels are commanded by God to protect and even rescue our brothers and sisters in Christ.

As a church, we must continue to be prayerful. The church must be marked by prayer because prayer is total dependency on God. And when we pray, pray prayers of impossibilities, because with God nothing is impossible.