Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Acts 12:5

But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him.


Many of you may have received this story in your email at some time about a baby.

Dr. Helen Roseveare, missionary to Zaire, told the following story. "A mother at our mission station died after giving birth to a premature baby. We tried to improvise an incubator to keep the infant alive, but the only hot water bottle we had was beyond repair. So we asked the children to pray for the baby and for her sister. One of the girls responded. 'Dear God, please send a hot water bottle today. Tomorrow will be too late because by then the baby will be dead. And dear Lord, send a doll for the sister so she won't feel so lonely.' That afternoon a large package arrived from England. The children watched eagerly as we opened it. Much to their surprise, under some clothing was a hot water bottle! Immediately the girl who had prayed so earnestly started to dig deeper, exclaiming, 'If God sent that, I'm sure He also sent a doll!' And she was right! The heavenly Father knew in advance of that child's sincere requests, and 5 months earlier He had led a ladies' group to include both of those specific articles."

Source Unknown.

We all have our moments that feel like a prison and for some it may be a prison. We need the people that care and love us to pray hard for us during difficult times, but also in the good times.

The verse above reminded me how one that is in a prison will feel the prayers being lifted during the difficult times and receives strength and encouragement. We know at times we seem helpless to help a situation, but we are never helpless because we have prayer. God hears the prayers always.

The word used here is ~ektenhv, is found only one other place in the bible when earnest is used. 1 Peter 4:8: Have fervent charity among yourselves." The idea being that it must be constant. So we must have constant prayer and charity for each other. Not bad things to have for one another, is it?

Today, pray for those around you. The person that checks you out at the grocery store, your veterans that fight and fought for us, the neighbor and our loved ones. Today, let's pray for others!




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