Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | November 21, 2015

November 21, 2015 “St. Mattress of The Springs”

“So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.” (Acts 12:5)

Good Morning My Friends in the Family of Faith!

It perplexes me that many nominal Christians in our nation today find it difficult to make their way to worship each week, opting instead to visit “St. Mattress of The Springs” (bed), or watch some religious broadcast and call it “going to church”. While there may be a degree of edification that comes from such activities, it is ultimately no substitute for being gathered together with the family of faith. In fact, scripture directs us to do so.  The earliest Christians realized this, and made it a point to do so, and when they did, to pray for one another. Quite often, this meant doing so at the risk of their lives. In this account in Acts, we are informed that King Herod was arresting and persecuting these new followers of Christ. James, the brother of John, had been executed by the sword. Winning the approval of the Jews opposed to this new faith encouraged him, and he had Peter arrested. Despite the threat to their very lives, The church continued to meet…and they prayed and they prayed and they prayed. Luke tells us, “The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him.  Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision.  They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him. (Acts 12: 6-10) What a miracle! And where did it begin? It began with the church in prayer. Author Thomas Watson wrote,

The angel fetched Peter out of prison, but it was prayer that fetched the angel.”

What if those Christians had not been praying? Would Peter have been set free? Would we still be considering this event today? No way! Peter’s deliverance by the hand of God had its genesis in the prayers of the people. Please …the next time you consider gathering for worship and prayer with your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ a waste of time or an unimportant activity, consider the power unleashed by that threatened few gathered together praying for Peter’s release and the miraculous results of their faithfulness. You just might be fetching angels as you pray! God is faithful. Let’s pray!

Great God; Humbly we gather before You in prayer, knowing it is always in accordance with Your perfect will that we do so. Unleash the mighty power of  heaven against all unrighteousness. free the captives. Make Your glory known to all people. Encourage our hearts as we pray for one another, we ask, in Jesus’ blessed Name. Amen!


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