Prayer Time during Prison Time by Steve Wagers

Prayer Time during Prison Time
Steve Wagers
Acts 12:1-11
May 2.2007

I think of prayers that were heard by children. "Our Father, who are in Heaven, Howard be thy name." I always thought that was God's real name.

My mother spent her early childhood saying, "Hail Mary, full of grapes."

My son, who is in nursery school, said, "Our Father, who art in Heaven, how didja know my name?"

I remember thinking that the Model prayer was "Give us this day our jelly bread."

When I was younger, I believed the line was "Lead a snot into temptation." I thought I was praying for my little sister to get into trouble.

A certain man could not find the right posture for prayer. He tried praying on his knees, but that was not comfortable; besides, it wrinkled his slacks. He tried praying standing, but soon his legs got tired. He tried staying seated, but that did not seem reverent. Then, one day, as he walking through a field, he fell headfirst into an open well.....AND DID HE EVER PRAY!

Acts 12 contains one of my favorite NT stories. As you read Acts 12, there is one 1 word that comes to mind: PROVIDENCE! Someone has said that, "Providence is the Hand of God in the glove of history."

In Acts 12, we see the providential hand of God in the glove of history. Herod was a wicked ruler who tortured Christians. He put James to death, the brother of John. When he saw that this pleased the crowd, he then sought to stage another Christian's death, so he put Peter in prison.

After Passover, Herod planned to present Peter before the crowds and kill him. I believe you would agree that this would qualify as a crisis.

There are some things about God's way, God's work and God's will that we will never understand. For example, why did God let a rascal like Herod be king? Isn't God in charge? If I were God, I would have turned Herod into a frog. Is God capricious, or has He lost control?


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