Fifty Days of Prayer | Day 20
Praying for Church Planting through the Book of Acts
There are two ways to destroy a church. It can be corrupted from the inside, as with Ananias and Saphira. Or it can be attacked from the outside, as happens in Acts 12. Herod would attack the church from the outside by killing one apostle (James) and imprisoning another (Peter). But, the church was praying for him. So, we pray to be a church that prays for its leaders as they face every kind of trouble and resistance.
Herod would place four squads of soldiers to guard Peter and would sleep between two while chained to both. The night before he was to be given over to the people he saw, what he thought, was a vision. An angel came to Peter in prison, waking him up, removing the chains, leading him out of the jail and into the open street. He then realized that this was no vision. So, we pray for the Lord to provide divine and supernatural guidance that leads us through the many challenges and troubles of ministry.
Peter then makes his way to John Mark's house, the place the church in Jerusalem had gathered to pray. He knocked and was greeted by a servant girl named Rhoda. In her enthusiasm she left Peter and the door while trying to convince the rest that it really was Peter at the door. Though the church had been in prayer, none of them believed it could be him. So, we pray for the faith to see the ways that God answers our prayer, even when it is unbelievable and unexpected.