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Prayer in Persecution

Prayer in Persecution


About that time King Herod Agrippa began to persecute some believers in the church. He had the apostle James (John’s brother) killed with a sword. When Herod saw how much this pleased the Jewish people, he also arrested Peter. (This took place during the Passover celebration.) Then he imprisoned him, placing him under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring Peter out for public trial after the Passover. But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him. - Acts 12:1-5(NLT) 

One of the most inspiring teachings on prayer comes out of Acts 12. In it, the power of prayer was demonstrated at an unprecedented level by the early church. After Herod killed James, he got carried away by the adulation of the Jewish people and chose to arrest Peter. The church was having none of it and broke out into mass intercession for Peter. A large group gathered at the home of Mary, the mother of John Mark, for what could easily be described as the most effective prayer meeting ever. Before they could finish praying, God miraculously answered their prayers. He sent an angel to free Peter from prison and personally escort him out.  

On top of that, Peter showed up safe and sound to the same prayer meeting to greet them. It was such a surprise visit to them that at first, they didn’t believe it was really him and would not open the door. Thank God for a persistent young lady who knew that the answer to their prayer was outside knocking while they continued praying.

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