Numbers Are No Match
And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people. So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. — Acts 12:4-5
This is just a little bit overkill for King Agrippa. Four squads would be a total of sixteen soldiers assigned to one man who had done nothing violent. Remember that’s sixteen men to watch one pretty peaceful man for one night. Four soldiers were assigned to him at a time and never left his presence. Two guarded the entrance to his cell and two were chained to him at all times. And they rotated posts every six hours.
Yet it’s that last line that going to outdo anything that King Agrippa can do.
“But earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.”
In tomorrow’s devotional, we are going to see the results of this “earnest prayer.” But let not skip past the note that there are believers battling it out in prayer for one man — Peter. And you should know, the theme of persistent prayer through persecution continues through the book of Acts. First, persecution. Second, prayer. Third, salvation. And then it repeats, again, and again.
So are you presently living imprisoned by a hopeless situation and shackled by impossible odds? If so, why are you trying to handle it on your own? Stop that. Get honest. Get open. Get vulnerable. And ask someone to pray for you. Shoot, I will pray for you. Hit that “Need Prayer” button on my website. If you want relief there is only one way to get the relief you need. And it’s not by doing it all yourself. It's by asking the only One who might be able to help you. God.
ASK THIS: What situation are you trying to handle on your own right now? And who do you need to ask to pray?
DO THIS: Ask them for prayer.
PRAY THIS: God, forgive me for trying to handle this on my own. Work a miracle through the friend I ask to pray for me.
PLAY THIS: Bold In Prayer — Jonathan Cain.
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