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Our focus last week in Acts 12 was the rescue of Peter, but today we are going to look at the prayers lifted up by the Church of behalf of Peter and their reaction to the answer to their prayers that they received. From examining this I think that you will see that sometimes we miss the answers to prayer that God gives. We’re so focused on looking for the answer we’re expecting, or we want, that we miss the answer God gives. I. The Church was praying (Acts 12:5) A. Constantly B. Earnestly C. The stress of the moment drove them to more intense prayer D. This should be the state of the Church…We should be in earnest, constant prayer 1. There is power in united prayer (Matthew 18:19) 2. There is power in intense prayer (Jeremiah 29:13, James 5:16-18) II. When we pray like this the supernatural happens A. I know for certain the Lord has sent His angel (Acts 12:11) B. He has delivered me from Herod C. He has delivered me from the expectation of the Jewish people D. He considered for a moment what he should do next E. He decided to go to Mary’s house (Acts 12:12) 1. The mother of John Mark 2. Many were gathered there praying F. He knocked at the door – evidently it was locked III. When we pray like this, surprising things happen A. Rhoda – referred to as a girl – answered the door (Acts 12:13) B. She didn’t open the door but she asked who it was and recognized Peter’s voice C. Rhoda believed God had answered their prayers – in an unexpected way (Acts 12:14) 1. She was excited 2. She didn’t let the answer in D. The praying adults inside weren’t expecting this answer (Acts 12:15) 1. They thought that she was just being emotional and was imagining things 2. They decided it couldn’t be Peter, must be his guardian angel – rationalized E. Peter kept knocking F. Eventually an adult opened the door and discovered Peter (Acts 12:16) IV. The answer to prayer realized by all (Acts 12:17) A. The praying church’s reaction when they understood God’s unexpected answer? 1. They were all excited and noisy then 2. Peter even had to quiet them down B. Peter tells his story and takes next steps 1. He told them to go tell James, Jesus’ brother 2. Peter, in the mean time, departed and went to a secret location When we pray we should be looking for the answer and be ready to receive the answer. Many times we’re so focused on looking for the answer we’re expecting that we miss the answer God gives. When we do that we miss out on the joy of answered prayer.
Lord Teach us to pray. It sounds so simple, but yet is so complicated. Do we pray in every situation whether it be joy, sadness, happiness, or regret? May our prayer be to live a life of prayer just like Daniel, David, and Jesus did! We have been given the ability to have this relationship through Jesus Christ!
The last senses a person who is dying hangs onto when they are dying is the sense of hearing and the sense of touch. Pastor Vogelsang has been by the bedside of many who were slipping from this earth, and he has held their hands and prayed with them in those moments. Let us make time to pray for those around us.
Most of us think that intercessory prayer is simply praying for others. What we see in the life of Abraham, however, is that true intercession is leveraging our position of power, authority, or influence in order to intervene on behalf of others.
What is God doing when he brings us into a time of affliction? Is it possible that he is actually seeking to accomplish something of great value in our lives? The apostle Paul told the Corinthians that it was for the purpose of getting him to trust God more and trust himself less. Affliction would appear to be both inevitable and indispensable for the child of God who wants to grow deeper in his faith and in his prayers.