When Crisis Comes
In the text, we find something taking place that seems to be missing in many churches today – that is church folk praying for church folk. In this particular case, a church member in trouble and this is the last appearance of Peter in this book.
The Apostle Peter is on death roll and all petitions to commute his sentence have been exhausted. But I've come to tell you that prayer changes things. When all else fails pray.
Moses prayed and God spared Israel from judgment.
Joshua prayed and God caused the sun to stand still.
Hannah prayed and God gave her a baby boy.
Solomon prayed and God gave him wisdom.
Elijah prayed and God sent fire down from Heaven.
Jonah prayed and God brought him out of the belly of the whale.
The thief on the cross prayed and God gave him eternal life. I tell ya', the saints of old know how to get in touch with God!
WHEN CRISIS COMES THERE ARE THREE THINGS I WANT YOU TO SEE:-
I. THE PEOPLE ARE REQUIRED
I think we could say that it was a hopeless situation for Peter. The executioner's sword wouldn't need to be put away for another day.
The crowds weren't going to show up only to be turned away because of another Harry Houdini-like escape by Peter. The end was near and the guards would assure that Herod's bloodthirsty appetite would be quenched.
Let's move from the locked tight cell holding Peter to the little house of John Mark's mother where there are followers of Jesus praying for Peter.
These folks weren't just remembering Peter at their bedtime prayers -- they were praying fervently for him!
The Greek adverb (ektenos) is a medical term describing the stretching of a muscle to its limits. The same Greek word used here of the way in which the followers of Jesus were praying for Peter is used in Luke 22:44 for the way in which Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Luke writes, "And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sw ...
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