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Prayer Changes History

By Don Loftis | 02.22.17

Persecution against the church came very soon after the day of Pentecost.  It was highlighted by the aggressive campaigns of Saul of Tarsus.  Later, King Herod persecuted Christian leaders in Jerusalem to gain the support of the Jews.  He had James beheaded and arrested Peter with the same intent.  Acts 12:5 says, “So Peter was kept in prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.”

 

During that night, the Lord sent an angel to deliver Peter from the cell.  His life was spared and Christianity continued to spread.  This story leads me to ask two very important questions of us all.

 

First, what are the most troubling needs that we confront in our lives?  In other words, what anxieties plague our daily thoughts?  Some days it might be health issues for ourselves or a loved one.  The health and growth of the church here in Old Hickory certainly qualifies.  At the end of the month, it might be financial.  After watching the nightly news it may be a domestic or international crisis?

 

Secondly, are we fervently praying about these issues?  Protests, letter writing campaigns, discussion groups and even sermons have their place.  However, there is nothing quite like passionate praying.  The church in Peter’s day did not sign a petition, they petitioned Almighty God and got results.  Our needs may differ, but the source of power remains the same.  As the church, let’s appeal to God daily about the desires (anxieties) of our hearts.

 


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