Acts 12:5, 14 (NIV) – So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him…When 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.
“The word translated “earnestly” (ektenos) literally means “stretched out” and could thus mean continuous, in which case it carries a similar idea as it does in 1:14, which gave us the idea of prevailing prayer…This idea of earnestness comes from the idea of hands stretched out to God in fervent supplication. It gives the impression of wholehearted, urgent pleading to God. While Peter was fast asleep in prison in the middle of the night (the angel had to wake him—v. 7), the church was engaged in vigilant prayer for him.” [Fernando, Ajith. Acts (NIVAC) p. 314]
God’s love, bestowed in his miracles, is tangible when the church earnestly prays for its people and loved ones. Take this moment to pray asking the Lord to come and fill your heart with his supernatural love and Spirit-led earnest prayer this week. And then “stretch” your hands to the Lord and earnestly pray for our loved ones in our churches, missional groups or campus ministries that need God’s intervention or rescue in supernatural ways.
Let’s worship in singing to the song, “All Things New” by Hillsong. (Click Here)
Prayer: Lord, continue this earnest praying in my life and our church this week. In Jesus’ name, Amen.