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Prayer can open jail cells, what will your prayer do

This week I want to start off with some verses, Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands. And the angel said to him, “Dress yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them of its own accord, and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel left him. When Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.”  When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying. And when he knocked at the door of the gateway, a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer. Recognizing Peter’s voice, in her joy she did not open the gate but ran in and reported that Peter was standing at the gate. They said to her, “You are out of your mind.” But she kept insisting that it was so, and they kept saying, “It is his angel!” But Peter continued knocking, and when they opened, they saw him and were amazed. But motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, “Tell these things to James and to the brothers.” Then he departed and went to another place.  Now when day came, there was no little disturbance among the soldiers over what had become of Peter. And after Herod searched for him and did not find him, he examined the sentries and ordered that they should be put to death. Then he went down from Judea to Caesarea and spent time there. Acts 12:6‭-‬19  In these verses Peter is locked in prison and James has just been killed. It was a dark time for the church, but instead of dwelling on the bad they were praying for Peter’s deliverance. When they prayed God moved, not because they said the right things, it was because they had faith and it was in God’s will. But, I think just from their reaction when Peter was at the gate that they had doubt, because they did not believe Rhoda and part of that doubt could have come from the fact that she did not let him in. I think Peter at that moment when Rhoda did not let him in was probably thinking a lot of people know who I am and if they don’t open the gate I am going back to jail and will die in the morning. I wonder how close Peter came to going to another house of believers? Now imagine if they would have missed the blessing of seeing their prayers answered instead they would have just heard about it. I wonder how many times in our lives that we failed to ask at all or failed to have faith. I am not condemning you, if you doubt, we all have doubts, but when you do just think of all the things He has done for  you in the past. If you have never experienced a move of God in your life think of things in the Bible they are  actual events and not just stories. So this week let’s pray for a move of God in our nation and let’s remember that if we pray earnestly then God will move. It may not always be the way we want Him to move but he will move. Also this week, I want us to not just ask God for what we want and need, but praise Him for all He has done and all He will do.

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