What would happen if the church started praying? Not just prayers for the sick – but prayers for the captive that are bound in chains! What if the church started to pray – and because of it, we saw the miraculous happen? I believe that we can! Acts 12 shows us what happens when the church prays.
In the beginning of Acts 12, we see that Herod is not happy about the growth that is taking place among the believers. Just like with Christ, they think the way to stop the movement is to start killing those leading it. So, Herod orders for James (the brother of John) to be killed. Then, he orders for Peter to be jailed and chained – with a death sentance waiting for him.
The church begins to pray. I am not talking a prayer before they go to bed kind of prayer. Acts 1:5 says that the church was in constant prayer for Peter.
While they were praying – miracles began to happen. The angel of the Lord appears to Peter. He has him get up, the chains fall, and Peter walks right past the guards.
What would happen if the church really began to pray?
What would happen if we were in a constant state of prayer?
The attitude of constant prayer of the early church showed that they believed something was going to happen. That their prayers mattered and would be answered.
Prayer doesn’t matter to the church as a whole. We pray because we are commanded – but not because we think it is going to do anything.
We need to believe the prayers we pray are going to break chains and set captives free. Our prayers matter for the kingdom.
As the story continues, we see Peter walk right to the church. He knocks on the door, and the young girl is so excited to see the answer to their prayer – she doesn’t even let him in.
Yet, I think we see a piece of ourseleves in those who were there. They thought she had gone mad. They didn’t believe that the answer to their prayer was right there on the other side of the door.
The prayers of the people were answered as they prayed. Yet, they didn’t believe it.
God used this moment to increase their faith. We must not just pray because we think it is the right thing to do – we need to pray in faith believing it will happen – and when it does, we need to praise and give Glory to God!
I shared this on Periscope (you can catch my Good Morning Girl Scopes at 3 pm EST!)
So, where does that leave us? Are we praying prayers of bold and dynamic faith? Are we believing that those prayers will be answered? When they are answered- what is our response?
I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
You can find my whole Acts Study by over at the first post called Dynamic Faith.
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