So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. Acts 12:5
Earnest (ektenēs) 1) stretched out 2) intentional, assiduous, marked by careful unremitting attention or persistent application
And suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” And the chains fell off of Peter’s wrists. Acts 12:7
Everyday, I am on one side of this verse or the other.
Somedays, I find myself in the assembly. As a powerful part of the church. My arms stretched out, intentionally praying. Persistent. Earnestly interceding for those who are bound.
Other days. I am Peter.
My wrists bound by lies in my head. Insecurities. Past hurts. Current pain. My hands tangled in growing roots of bitterness. Or regret. Feeling helpless in a cold cell. Wondering how I landed so hard. In desperate need of God’s people to pray. And wishing for a strike on my side from that angel.
On which side of the verse are you found today?
If you find yourself on your knees in the assembly, be encouraged, Beloved. Your prayers have to power to release chains. Keep praying. Stay course. Be persistent.
If you find yourself on the cold floor of a prison cell, call up your prayer people. I mean it. Send them a text. An email. Go to their house. Do not walk…run. Freedom awaits you. Don’t doubt it for a second. Look…
Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. James 5:16 AMP
See. Told you. Be on the look out for that angel to strike your side, nudging you, “Quick. Get up! Your freedom has come!”
Reflect and Respond:
Do you believe your prayers are this powerful!? If not, why?
Who is in your assembly today? Who can you call?
Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed and the heavens gave rain and the earth produced its crops. James 5:17-18
“Plan like it depends on you. Pray like it depends on God.” Mark Batterson