Have you ever felt like life was slipping through your fingers? Ever lost hope before, feeling like everything you tried just failed? It’s not that uncommon to reach a point in life when we know we’re at the end of our rope and our options are very few.
Peter was in a terrible predicament. Things weren’t looking very favorable for him as he lay in a dark, musty prison cell. Acts chapter 12 recounts his very unpleasant position even more by telling us he was chained to prison guards, one on each side of him… was unclothed… was locked behind the prison doors with other guards right outside those doors… and he was facing the death sentence. The man who wanted him dead was the king and by his command, Peter was to die the next day. There wasn’t a person who even thought he was leaving that jail alive. But then, we read something that changes the whole course of the account…
“While Peter was being kept in jail, the church never stopped praying to God for him.” Acts 12:5 CEV
That was the game-changer! That was the one thing everyone overlooked. The unimaginable… the unthinkable… the unreasonable happened, because God heard the cries of His people on Peter’s behalf.
Things changed that night in Peter’s gloomy situation, because those praying involved God. The impossible was made possible. The guards never woke up, but the chains fell off. The guards weren’t disturbed but the prison doors flung opened. The guards noticed nothing, but Peter walked out, a free man!
That’s the sort of things that happen when the church prays. Things can change today when and if we start praying. They may be unnoticed by many, but that doesn’t negate the truth, God is working on our behalf.
Sick people can be cured by God’s answering our prayers. Fearful, dangerous situations can turn around in peaceful outcomes, when our request are made known to God. Young and old alike can have their lives changed when we decide to lay it all around the throne of the One who sees it all, knows it all, and controls it all. Broken relationships can be saved. Jobs can be restored. Finances can be reconciled. Health can be mended. All those things we have counted off as hopeless can be rejuvenated, invigorated, revitalized all because the church, you and I, took it to the Lord in prayer.
Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Call out to God today. It’s your first line of offense and your strongest form of defense. There is always hope when we get God involved in our lives. There’s nothing God can’t do, when we, the church, call on Him for help!
Let our request be made known to you today. We are not defeated… we are not overcome. You have control of every situation in our lives. Help us trust You, believe You and rise up to take our rightful place. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.
Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen