TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23
But while Peter was in prison,
the church prayed very earnestly for him.
Acts 12:5 (NLT)
THE POWER OF PRAYER: BELIEVE GOD IS LISTENING
The story goes that one time when Bill Moyers was a special assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson, he was asked to say grace before a meal in the family quarters of the White House. As Moyers began praying softly, the President interrupted him with “Speak up, Bill! Speak up!” The former Baptist minister from east Texas stopped in mid-sentence and without looking up replied steadily, “I wasn’t addressing you, Mr. President.” (Don Oberdorfer, Washington Post)
In Acts 12:5 the church wasn’t praying to anyone else except God. They had a firm belief that God was listening and that God would honor their prayers. They believed in prayer so much that they prayed “very earnestly.” Earnest prayer is an athletic term conveying the meaning of “striving with all of one’s energy” and was used to describe a runner who was moving at maximum output with taut muscles straining and stretching to the limit. One can picture many of those praying on their faces before the Lord, earnestly crying out, pleading for God’s sovereign deliverance of Peter!
Ephesians 6:18 teaches, “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.” Do you pray like you believe God is always listening? How often do you pray for other believers?
James 5:16 says, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” Thank God for hearing your prayers and for putting power behind your prayers.