Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.
Acts 12:5 (NKJV)
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Acts 12:5 (NIV) — So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.
Acts 12:5 (NLT) — But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him.
Acts 12:5 (MSG) — All the time that Peter was under heavy guard in the jailhouse, the church prayed for him most strenuously.
The question this morning is “what does the church do when the enemy comes against it with his attacks and persecution?” We see that the New Testament Church did one single thing, pray, pray, pray! They understood and had a deep conviction that the enemy could be defeated only through prayer. The promise of Jesus in Matthew 16:18 tells us that the gates of hell would never power against the church, “And I say also unto you, That you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. “
In this portion of Scripture we see how the enemy went allowed against the Apostle Peter. He was a direct target of the enemy! Peter was the most predominant character of the early church in the first 15 years of its history, and for this reason he wanted to destroy him! But thank God there was a militant church raising their prayers and supplications to heaven for him. A large crowd was at the house of Mary, mother of John, interceding and praying for Peter, for his release from prison. Thank God that through this united prayer, Peter was released from prison by angels who were sent by the Lord to deliver him.
This is what God seeks today, a church united in prayer and fasting to counter the enemy’s attacks! Ephesians 6:18 says, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” This is God’s call to us today, a call to united in prayer! To put our differences aside and put all our efforts into intercessory prayer. United prayer has power! If we do God promises to answer our requests, and act in a supernatural way.
Ephesians 6:18 (NKJV) — praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
Acts 1:14 (NKJV) — These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
Psalms 50:15 (NKJV) — Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”
Matthew 18:19 (NKJV) — “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.
Acts 12:12 (NKJV) — So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying.