When we meet together to prayGod breaks chains and opens doors when we pray. These twin truths about prayer are shown to us in the story of the apostle Peter rescued from prison (Acts 12). King Herod persecuted the church in Jeru-salem. He arrested and executed the apostle James and threw Peter into prison. This shocked the Christians as there was no recourse and no court of appeal. What could the church do for Peter as he awaited execution? They went on their knees in prayer: when things around you look bad, look up in prayer. They cried out to the Lord to intervene for Peter.
Many of us don’t feel the need to pray either for ourselves or for others be-cause we don’t see our desperate need for God. How often the chains of bitterness, envy, selfish ambition and pride bind and cripple us. Who can break the chains and set us free? Who can unlock the door and rescue the imprisoned soul? God can—when we pray.
When the church prayed for Peter, God sent him an angel to deliver him. When we pray in earnest for someone, God breaks the chains that bind and opens closed doors!
The church met to pray for Peter because they realised that that’s what they could do for him. Instead of giving up in despair (“It’s no use. Herod killed James. Peter is next.”); instead of attempting a feeble human solution (“Lets think of how we can help him escape from prison.”); instead of becoming frustrated and blaming God (“Why did God allow this to happen? James is dead, Peter will be next.”); they turned to God in prayer. What a great picture for us to emulate. When no one you turn to can help, turn to God in prayer. He hears. He helps.
Our God specialises in breaking chains and unlocking closed doors. God moves into action when we go down on our knees in prayer. Dear friends, let us commit ourselves this year to being men and women who will pray more earnestly! Will you be a prayer warrior for the people around you?
“Dear Lord, hear us when we pray. We need You to be the Rescuer of souls around us trapped in sin and ignorance. We need You to be the Deliverer of those around us boxed in by darkness and deceit. Break the chains that keep people from coming to You; open the doors to set free those held captive by the devil. You are great and You are God! Nothing is impossible for You. In Jesus precious and holy name, we pray. Amen.”
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