TEXT: Acts 12:11-17
11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.
12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.
13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.
14 And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.
15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.
16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.
17 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place.
We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 222 messages in this series.
This is message #223 titled, The Power of the Collective Prayer of the Church in the Face of Impossible Situations, Part 4.
At the beginning of our passage, Peter has just been miraculously delivered from prison. Herod had him locked up and chained to two guards, with two more watching the door. Herod planned to have Peter publicly executed in order to please the Jews. But none of Herod’s plans were able to stop God from delivering Peter. While Herod was plotting, God’s people were praying without ceasing. In the middle of the night, an angel entered the prison, awoke Peter, broke his chains, told him to get dressed, and led him out of the prison. The city gates opened for them of their own accord, and the angel departed from Peter. It was at this point that Peter realized that he had really been delivered. Previously, he thought he must have been dreaming or receiving some kind of vision.
Notice three things Peter did when he realized that he had been miraculously delivered.
First, Peter acknowledged God as the miracle-worker. Often, when we get our blessings or our answers to prayer, we take them and run. But, not Peter. As soon as he realized what had happened, he said, “Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.” Peter acknowledged that God was behind his deliverance. He knew that he had not delivered himself, so he offered that thanks, that gratitude, that attribution to God. Just as you and I appreciate it when others say “thank you” for what we have done for them, God appreciates it when we say “thank you” for what He has done for us. Remember how Jesus commended the one leper who came back to thank Him after He had healed ten of them.
The text goes on to tell us that Peter “considered the thing.” The word translated as “consider” means “to comprehend or to be conscious of.” How often do we go through life unaware and unconscious of God’s blessings? Have you ever stopped to consider the fact that you are still alive? Have you ever stopped to consider the fact that you are healthy? Have you ever stopped to consider that you have food to eat and a place to stay? Have you ever stopped to consider that you have a means of making money and providing for your family? Most of us just take these things for granted. We need to deliberately stop to consider the things that God has blessed us with as we go to Him each day in prayer. In fact, you can make it a habit to thank God for one thing that you do have before you ask Him for something that you do not have.
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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.