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.”