LIFe with God: August 12

Posted on August 12, 2010

Scripture

Acts 12

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

While Peter was heavily secured and guarded in prison, what was the church doing, and what did God do? What was Peter’s response to his deliverance? What was the response of those praying for him?

Application

Why do you think everyone was so surprised that God delivered Peter, even though they had been in earnest pray about it? How do you think you would have responded if you were at that prayer meeting as Rhoda came in with the news? When has God surprised you with a miraculous intervention in a hopeless situation? Is there an area of your life right now where you are imprisoned in some way and in need of God’s intervention? If so, pray about that now, and if possible, share your need with at least a few other Christians. (Feel free to contact your pastor and elders with your need. We will be more than willing to pray on your behalf.)

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Oh God, my Father: Though evil men try to thwart Your plan and destroy Your servants, You are always in control. As Jesus told the disciples, “With man this impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Peter was arrested and bound with chains between two soldiers with sentries posted all around. It looked like the end of his ministry and quite possibly his life. But without a sound, Your angel appeared and brought him through every obstacle, without the guards or jailers being even in the least disturbed. I thank You, Lord, that You hear the prayers of Your people and You answer them. The believers were surprised that You did so, as we so often are today. But while we should be amazed by Your grace and power, we should never be surprised that You are able to accomplish anything that needs doing. Help me to trust in You more with each passing day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Pray to BLESS!
One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Pat & Hannah Kelley
  • Fred & Shirley Leonard
  • Mark & Michelle Morgan (Cody, Kyle)
  • Michael Morgan

Ministries:

  • Provenance
  • Genesis World Mission

CLF:

  • That we will devote ourselves to prayer, individually, in small groups, and as a church.

Community: Pray for the poor & imprisoned

  • Salvation
  • That they will trust in God’s provision
  • That they will have hope
  • For mentors in the prison/jail system

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. – John 5:24

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