Fervent Prayer

Fervent Prayer

Fervent Prayer

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2021 November 02


“But prayer” (Act_12:5)

And after arresting him, he put him in prison, delivering him to four sets of four soldiers to guard him with the intent of bringing him out to the people after the Passover season. As a result, Peter was securely held in the prison, but fervent prayer was made to God by the church for him. Now when Herod was about to bring him out, during that night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains; and guards standing before the door were keeping the prison. But suddenly an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shined in the building. And after striking Peter on the side, he roused him, saying, “Get up! Hurry!” And the chains fell off his hands. And the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and fasten your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” And he followed him, going forth, but did not realize that this was really happening by the hand of the angel; rather, he thought he was seeing a vision. Now after going past a first guard and a second, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened to them by itself; and after going out, they went on through one street, and then the angel suddenly departed from him. And when Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I truly understand that the Lord sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.” And as he was pondering this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was surnamed Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying. Now when Peter knocked at the door of the porch, a damsel named Rhoda came to listen; And when she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so excited that she did not open the door to the porch, but ran in and reported that Peter was standing in front of the porch. But they said to her, “You are out of your mind.” Yet she strongly affirmed that it was so. And they said, “It is his angel.” But Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the door and saw him, they were amazed. Then, motioning to them with his hands to be silent, he related to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, “Report these things to James and the brethren.” Then he departed and went to another place. And when daylight came, there was no small disturbance among the soldiers over what had become of Peter.
(Act 12:4-18 AFV)

As a result, Peter was securely held in the prison, but fervent prayer was made to God by the church for him.
(Act 12:5 AFV)


How significant the picture of the Apostolic Church: Peter in prison, the Jews triumphant, Herod supreme, the arena of martyrdom awaiting the dawning of the morning to drink up the apostle’s blood, and everything else against it. “But prayer was made unto God without ceasing.” And what was the sequel? The prison open, the apostle free, the Jews baffled, the wicked king eaten of worms, a spectacle of hidden retribution, and the Word of God rolling on in greater victory.


Do we know the power of our supernatural weapon? Do we dare to use it with the authority of a faith that commands as well as asks? God baptize us with holy audacity and Divine confidence! He is not wanting great men, but He is wanting men who will dare to prove the greatness of their God. But God! But prayer! — A. B. Simpson

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But prayer is the link that connects us with God. This is the bridge that spans every gulf and bears us over every abyss of danger or of need.

For this cause, I also, after hearing of the faith in the Lord Jesus that is among you, and the love toward all the saints, Do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.
(Eph 1:15-17 AFV)


Beware in your prayer, above everything, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect unexpected things, above all that we ask or think. Each time you intercede, be quiet first and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do, of how He delights to hear Christ, of your place in Christ; and expect great things. — Andrew Murray
Our prayers are God’s opportunities.

Are you in sorrow? Prayer can make your affliction sweet and strengthening. Are you in gladness? Prayer can add to your joy a celestial perfume. Are you in extreme danger from outward or inward enemies? Prayer can set at your right hand an angel whose touch could shatter a millstone into smaller dust than the flour it grinds, and whose glance could lay an army low. What will prayer do for you? I answer: All that God can do for you. “Ask what I shall give thee.” — Farrar

Wrestling Prayer

Wrestling Prayer

Wrestling Prayer

“Wrestling prayer can wonders do,
Bring relief in deepest straits;
Prayer can force a passage through
Iron bars and brazen gates.”