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Pray First, Pray Most – Part 4

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Our passionate prayers move the heart of God. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much James 5:16. Prayer does not change God’s nature; who He is will never be altered. Prayer does, however, impact the flow of history. God has wired his world for power, but He calls on us to flip the switch.

He calls on us…

How do you answer?

How do we answer?

Hello, God, this is Me, Margaret…

We answer by praying to God; in fervent prayer.

The church prayed very earnestly for him.

 The night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was a sleep, fastened with two chains, between two soldiers. Others stood guard at the prison gate. Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and the Angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The Angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, quick get up! And the chains fell off his wrist. Then the angel told him, get dressed and put on your sandals. And he did. Now put on your coat and follow me, the Angel ordered. Acts 12:5- 8.

And for a little levity in this heroic story, Pastor Bill takes us to the world of “what if”. I enjoy these moments more than I care to admit…

Imagine the Angel that was in the room with Peter…


Was Peter stunned when this happened to him?


Did Peter carry the faith and belief that all would be right?

Pastor Bill, “Rightly stunned, Peter walks to Mary’s house. She, at that very hour, is hosting a prayer meeting on his behalf. His friends pack the place and fill the house with earnest intercession.

Peter surely smiles as he hears their prayers. He knocks on the door. The servant answers; instead of opening it and races back to the prayer circle and announces:

Peter is standing at the door!

You’re out of your mind! They said. When she insisted, they decided, it must be an angel verse 14-15.

I confess a sense of relief at that reading. Even the early followers struggled to believe God would hear them. Even when the answer knocked on the door, they hesitated.

We still do. Most of us struggle with prayer. We forget to pray, and when we remember, we hurry through prayers with hollow words.

Our minds drift; our thoughts scatter like a covey of quail. Why is this? Prayer requires minimal effort. No location is prescribed. No particular clothing is required. No title or office is stipulated. Yet you’d think we were wrestling a greased pig.”


Author: bkbites

Stay at home Mom of 3 boys, 1 goofy dog, 2 wickedly crazy cats, and a traveling husband. Ah, what can be better? It's a full life without a doubt.

One thought on “Pray First, Pray Most – Part 4

  1. I know, personally, I don’t pray as often as I should. I remember the five fingers, but I am rushing through life at warp speed so don’t give back as I should. It’s about slowing down and remembering that the fastest (fill in the blank) does not actually win the race.

    Have you ever seen those cars that are speeding down the street, zipping past you as though you are not even moving, only to catch up to them at the next red light? Well, that is often how many of us are running our lives, as that zipping car, only for those that stop and pray to catch up to us at the next red light – our personal form of drama, tragedy, and need to stop and pray.

    Well, I think that it is all about our habits and choices. It is a choice. So, I’m going to make a decision to join the slower pack and pray everyday, even if I don’t think I have something to pray for, because even if I don’t somebody in my prayers might and by my sending up prayers for them, it’ll give them that little extra boost of spiritual love and support.

    Can you do this?

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