“So Peter was kept in prison, but fervent and persistent prayer for him was being made to God by the church.” – Acts 12:5 (Amp)
Last week in bible study we were going thru chapter 12 in the book of Acts.
The chapter began with the record of Herod raising his hand against certain of the church through persecution. In fact, scripture says that he killed James with the sword, and he was aiming to get Peter also.
Yet, he wasn’t able to fully carry out his plan to execute Peter; and the reason why he wasn’t able to do so is because God intervened.
There was a reason (actually several) that I believe brought about that Divine intervention. The bible tells us that prayer was being made unto God for Peter.
Yet this wasn’t any ole type of prayer. The amplified says that ‘fervent and persistent’ prayer was being made to God by the church for him, and as a result, God Intervened.
I hadn’t stopped thinking about that text since we studied it, because it speaks volumes about the benefit of fervent and persistent prayer.
James said it like this, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
In other words, if I ‘really’ pray, God will intervene (according to His will of course… John 5:14-15).
In our day and time, we are so desperately in need of Divine Intervention; and I truly believe that The Lord desires to intervene and move things on our behalf, just like he did for the early church.
But, what if His intervention is contingent upon my willingness to really pray?
Just something to think about.
Father, direct our hearts toward heaven and make us a people who will give you no rest until we have witnessed your intervention.
The Lord Bless and keep You,