MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22
But while Peter was in prison,
the church prayed very earnestly for him.
Acts 12:5 (NLT)
THE POWER OF PRAYER: BELIEVE GOD IS GREATER
While very ill, John Knox, the founder of the Presbyterian Church in Scotland, called to his wife and said, “Read me that Scripture where I first cast my anchor.” After he listened to the beautiful prayer of Jesus recorded in John 17, he seemed to forget his weakness. He began to pray, interceding earnestly for his fellow men. He prayed for the ungodly who had rejected the gospel. He pleaded on behalf of people who had been recently converted. And he requested protection for the Lord’s servants, many of whom were facing persecution. As Knox prayed, his spirit went home to be with the Lord. The man of whom Queen Mary had said, “I fear his prayers more than I do the armies of my enemies,” ministered through prayer until the moment of his death. (Our Daily Bread)
Even though Knox was weak, he believed that God was strong. So John Knox prayed to God. In Acts 12 Herod put the Apostle Peter behind bars. Herod was a powerful man but the church believed God was greater and so they prayed for Peter’s release. They believed that prison bars could not imprison God’s will. They believed that prisons are no match for prayers.
Mike shared Matthew 19:26 in the sermon, “Jesus looked at them intently and said, ‘Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.’” What are some humanly impossible challenges in your life? What about God’s nature makes those things possible for Him to overcome?
Praise God for His unlimited power. Confess that God is greater than any challenge you are facing.