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Day Five: Advancing of the Gospel

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Acts 12:1-24 (TNIV)

1It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. 2He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. 3When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. 4After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover. 5So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. 6The 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. 7Suddenly 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. 8Then 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. 9Peter 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. 10They 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. 11Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.” 12When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. 13Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door. 14When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!” 15“You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.” 16But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. 17Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. “Tell James and the other brothers and sisters about this,” he said, and then he left for another place. 18In the morning, there was no small commotion among the soldiers as to what had become of Peter. 19After Herod had a thorough search made for him and did not find him, he cross–examined the guards and ordered that they be executed.
Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there. 20He had been quarreling with the people of Tyre and Sidon; they now joined together and sought an audience with him. Having secured the support of Blastus, a trusted personal servant of the king, they asked for peace, because they depended on the king’s country for their food supply. 21On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. 22They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a mere mortal.” 23Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died. 24But the word of God continued to increase and spread.


Need arises within the church as Peter along with others are being arrested. The church responds by bringing the need to God in earnest prayer. As we have seen throughout this week, this kind of prayer is desperate before God, knowing He is our only hope. It is vulnerable to have Him touch and affect our lives without holding on to our agendas. These are prayers of obedience and submission where we are not are not stuck in the present circumstance, but we are taken into a bigger story of what God is working through the prayer of His people. In this passage we see this as well as we follow the story of miraculous deliverance as the church continues to pray. This is a testimony not just of an individual’s rescue, but of the power of God that is real and active through the earnest prayers of His church, all for the purpose of advancing the Gospel and the Kingdom of God.

Responding to the Transmission:

As we are responding to pray earnestly, let’s pray that would take us into His will for our church, communities and campuses. We can start with the needs closest to us, but may God shape the prayers after His heart to advance the Gospel message. In prayer, may we be taken from focusing on our local circumstances and enter into God’s story for His glory in this generation.

Day Four: The Spirit’s Help

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Day Three: Great Effects of Prayer

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Day Two: A Woman Deeply Troubled

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

When God’s People Pray

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Day One: Earnest Prayers with Fervent Cries

Monday, July 26th, 2010