HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“Peter, therefore, was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.” (Acts 12:5).
One key reason to pray is that God has commanded us to pray. If we are to be obedient to His will, then prayer must be part of our life in Him. Prayer is not just about asking for God’s blessings – though we are welcome to do so – it is about communication with the living God. Without communication, relationships fall apart. So, too, our relationship with God suffers when we do not communicate with Him.
Does God need our help? No. He is all-powerful and in control of everything in His creation. Why do we need to pray? Because prayer is the means God has ordained for some things to happen. Prayer, for instance, helps others know the love of Jesus. Prayer can clear human obstacles out of the way in order for God to work. It is not that God can’t work without our prayers, but that He has established prayer as part of His plan for accomplishing His will in this world.
So with the introduction let us look at Peter in prison. While all the preparations were in place, Rome was ready for their celebrations, but the saints of God prayed. Hallelujah. God always has a plan and everything goes into action the moment the saints lift up their eyes to heaven in prayer. (Daniel 10)
But prayer is the link that connects us with God. This is the bridge that spans every gulf and bears us over every abyss of danger or of need.
How significant the picture of the Mystical and Apostolic Church: Peter in prison, the Jews triumphant, Herod supreme, the arena of martyrdom awaiting the dawning of the morning to drink up the apostle’s blood, and everything else against it. “But prayer was made unto God without ceasing.” And what was the sequel? The prison open, the apostle free, the Jews baffled, the wicked king eaten of worms, a spectacle of hidden retribution, and the Word of God rolling on in greater victory.
Do we know the power of our supernatural weapon? Do we dare to use it with the authority of a faith that commands as well as asks? God baptize us with holy audacity and Divine confidence! He is not wanting great men, but He is wanting men who will dare to prove the greatness of their God. But God! But prayer!
Beware in your prayer, above everything, of limiting God, not only by unbelief but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect unexpected things, above all that we ask or think. Each time you intercede, be quiet first and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do, of how He delights to hear Christ, of your place in Christ; and expect great things.
Our prayers are God’s opportunities.
- Are you in sorrow? Prayer can make your affliction sweet and strengthening.
- Are you in gladness? Prayer can add to your joy a celestial perfume.
- Are you in extreme danger from outward or inward enemies? Prayer can set at your right hand an angel whose touch could shatter a millstone into smaller dust than the flour it grinds, and whose glance could lay an army low.
What will prayer do for you? I answer All that God can do for you. “Ask what I shall give thee.”