A Precedent for Powerful Prayer (2 of 6) by Stan Coffey

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A Precedent for Powerful Prayer (2 of 6)
Series: How to Get Your Prayers Answered
Stan Coffey
Acts 12:1-16

I. THE MINISTRY OF THIS PRAYER
II. THE MANNER OF THIS PRAYER
III. THE MIRACLE OF THIS PRAYER

I want you tonight to turn Acts Chapter 12. We are going to study in our study on prayer under the title, ''How To Get Your Prayers Answered - A Precedent for Powerful Prayer''.

Last week we looked at the model prayer that Jesus gave us. He said when you pray, pray like this and He gave us a pattern for powerful prayer. Now we want to look at a precedent for powerful prayer.

If you compare the prayer we are going to look at tonight to the model prayer that Jesus gave, what you will discover is that the early church followed the pattern of prayer that Jesus gave them that we studied last week.

Now in Acts 12, of course, the church is in its infancy, it has just begun. Many, many thousands of people have been saved in Jerusalem and they are going through a time of persecution because of the gospel. And they are testing and what they learn from Jesus they put into practice in the early church.

In Acts 12 Verse 1, we read ''NOW ABOUT THAT TIME HEROD THE KING STRETCHED FORTH HIS HANDS TO VEX CERTAIN OF THE CHURCH. AND HE KILLED JAMES THE BROTHER OF JOHN WITH THE SWORD. AND BECAUSE HE SAW IT PLEASED THE JEWS, HE PROCEEDED FURTHER TO TAKE PETER ALSO. (THEN WERE THE DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD.) AND WHEN HE HAD APPREHENDED HIM, HE PUT HIM IN PRISON, AND DELIVERED HIM TO FOUR QUATERNIONS OF SOLDIERS TO KEEP HIM; INTENDING AFTER EASTER TO BRING HIM FORTH TO THE PEOPLE.

So Peter was kept in prison but prayer for him was being made reverently by the church to God. That's a wonderful passage of scripture. Peter was kept in prison by prayer and that is an important contraction. The word but - Peter was kept in prison but and no matter what the devil does in coming against us, thank God that the Lord can overcome anything that Satan can bring our way a ...


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