Prayer And Closed Doors (8 of 14) by Donald Cantrell

Prayer And Closed Doors (8 of 14)
Series: It Was Just A Prayer Meeting
Donald Cantrell
Acts 12:1-18

Act 12:1 KJV - Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth [his] hands to vex certain of the church.

Act 12:2 KJV - And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

Act 12:3 KJV - And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)

Act 12:4 KJV - 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.

Act 12:5 KJV - Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

Introduction:

Let us consider how God moves when we pray:

The angel fetched Peter out of prison, but it was prayer fetched the angel.
Thomas Watson

You can do more than pray, after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.
John Bunyon

In its early days, Dallas Theological Seminary was in critical need of $10,000 to keep the work going. During a prayer meeting, renowned Bible teacher Harry Ironside, a lecturer at the school, prayed, ''Lord, you own the cattle on a thousand hills. Please sell some of those cattle to help us meet this need.'' Shortly after the prayer meeting, a check for $10,000 arrived at the school, sent days earlier by a friend who had no idea of the urgent need or of Ironside's prayer. The man simply said the money came from the sale of some of his cattle!
Today in the Word, MBI, January, 1990, p. 36.

Things looked bleak for the children of George Muller's orphanage at Ashley Downs in England. It was time for breakfast, and there was no food. A small girl whose father was a close friend of Muller was visiting in the home. Muller took her hand and said, ''Come and see what our Father will do.'' In the dining room, long tables were set with empty plates and empty ...


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