Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. (Acts 12:5 NKJ)
There is tremendous power unleashed by prayer. Do not take your prayer life lightly. It is much more than a religious duty that every believer should engage in as part of their daily Christian life. It can make the difference between failure and success, suffering or victory, breakthrough or bondage in your life. This is seen in our scripture above.
King Herod had just killed the apostle James and moved forward to arrest Peter. Herod’s plan was to kill Peter, as he had James, in order to please the Jewish leaders. However, things were different this time around for the Church responded in prayer.
The scripture above says, ” . . . constant prayer was offered to God for him by the Church.” Peter was miraculously delivered by an angel. Had the Church not responded in prayer, Peter would have been killed by Herod just as Herod had killed James.
Just like the early church, we might have lost precious things in our lives because we were “waiting for God to do something about it.” The Church lost James but refused to lose Peter.
We can cause changes in our lives, government, countries, communities, etc. through prayer. This is God’s way. Prayer is our armor in which we fight. The power released by prayer can work through politics to change a community or even an entire nation. Prayer is our secret weapon. It will influence presidents to do what they would not have done otherwise.
Rather than praying from the start, many believers turn to prayer only after everything else has failed. This is because they do truly do not expect as much from prayer as they expect from the medical system, governments, etc. Take your prayer life seriously from today on.
Be honest with yourself, now. Do you truly believe in the power of prayer?
APPLY THE WORD
Gather any pieces of your prayer life together and launch out into the battlefront for your life, family, finances, ministry, etc.
Ask the Spirit to help you put your prayer life together.
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