So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. (Acts 12:5)
Such a simple verse but yet a powerful principle. One of the original disciples of Jesus had just been executed by the same man who proceeded to arrest Peter with the intent on executing him in front of all of Jerusalem. Peter was the prominent leader of the early church and now the church needed to do something quick to rescue their great brother and leader. So what’s the first action they decide to take? Prayer. Intense Prayer. Earnest prayer to our Father in heaven knowing that He could save His servant.
It seems to me that this group of early Christians esteemed prayer to its more proper position than many of us do today. If faced with a similar situation today, many in the church would first consider “What can we do to fix this?” rather than “What might God do to fix this?” I do not believe that this early group of Christians prayed because they were fearful to do anything else. I truly believe they prayed because they felt this was the most effective way to assist their brother in danger.
Lord, forgive us for ever viewing prayer as a secondary step in service and support.
We have Christian brothers all over the world suffering, living in exile, imprisoned, and experiencing extreme poverty. Therefore, as soon as we get word of where persecution descends on our brothers may we be quick to respond in prayer that ascends to our Father. For as long as our brothers and sisters remain in conflict may God's faithful followers remain in earnest and continual prayer.
Lord, may we praise You for the power that You possess and Your willingness to wield it gloriously at the sound of a humble prayer.