How Prayer From Many Released This Man From Prison

Is America straying away from God?

Perhaps we are experiencing governmental failings because more of our citizens are neglecting to pray for our government.

Maybe we’ve become so caught up in our own “failings” we’ve only been praying for ourselves.

Or perhaps we’ve drifted from good prayer practice altogether?

Prayer is powerful: prayer overcomes, prayers sets free and revives. Prayer is our conduit to Jesus for redemption.

Remember the story in the Bible of the church praying for Peter to get out of prison? Their prayers worked! Here is that story:

Acts 12:1

It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them.

Acts 12:2

He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword.

Acts 12:3

When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread.

Acts 12:4

After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.

Acts 12:5

So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.

Acts 12:6

The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance.

Acts 12:7

Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.

Acts 12:8

Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him.

Acts 12:9

Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision.

Acts 12:10

They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.

Acts 12:11

Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.”

Acts 12:12

When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying.

Acts 12:13

Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door.

Acts 12:14

When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!”

Acts 12:15

“You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.”

Acts 12:16

But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.

Acts 12:17

Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. “Tell James and the other brothers and sisters about this,” he said, and then he left for another place.

Acts 12:18

In the morning, there was no small commotion among the soldiers as to what had become of Peter.

Acts 12:19

After Herod had a thorough search made for him and did not find him, he cross-examined the guards and ordered that they be executed. Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there.

Acts 12:20

He had been quarreling with the people of Tyre and Sidon; they now joined together and sought an audience with him. After securing the support of Blastus, a trusted personal servant of the king, they asked for peace, because they depended on the king’s country for their food supply.

Acts 12:21

On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people.

Acts 12:22

They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.”

Acts 12:23

Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.

Acts 12:24

But the word of God continued to spread and flourish.

Acts 12:25

When Barnabas and Saul had finished their mission, they returned from Jerusalem, taking with them John, also called Mark.

IN GOD WE TRUST

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4 comments

  1. I love that you put in a map. And the Scripture is incredibly fitting for what’s going on this week. So is Daniel Ch.6; I read it this morning and was struck by it. I would say we’ve done more than strayed. We’ve been away, and asleep, but we are returning home in droves and God is answering. He won’t turn our backs on us or the President; we are truly sorry and ready to follow Him.

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  2. A Conversation with a World War II U.S. Navy Frogman
    I believe it was back in September of 1999, when I was walking north on U.S. 95 somewhere near Beatty, Nevada when this older guy picked me up. He looked like he was in his 70s. He was coming from Mexico and going back to Northern California where he made his home. He told me that he was a Navy Frogman in World War II.
    As a Navy Frogman, he would go onto an enemy beach at night and prepare it for a Marine amphibious assault. They would cut barbed wire, take out mines, get rid of enemy infrastructure and so on. One time he and his fellow Frogmen were trying to defuse a mine in the ocean and the mine exploded. I guess several Frogmen were killed; he and another guy survived.
    He said that after the war, he did a job as a mercenary somewhere in Central America. He got caught by the local government or warlord and was thrown in prison. He heard a man screaming because he was probably being tortured–and, he thought, being killed.
    I don’t remember how long he spent in that prison, but he told me that he thought he was a goner. Then one evening something profound happened. He had an intense spiritual experience: he saw a vision of Jesus and this overwhelming sense of peace came over him. A few days later, he was released from prison and he did no more mercenary work after that.
    He spent twenty or thirty years in the merchant marine as a cook. He had been retired for some time. His intestines were shot, so that is why he wore a bag on his side. He was married and divorced from an exotic dancer. His son was thrown in prison for robbing convenience stores. He seemed pretty wore out from living on the planet.
    He told me something interesting. He said that whenever you go to a bar at a naval base where Marines and Navy personnel hang out, if you see a guy sitting at the bar drinking by himself, it is usually a Navy SEAL. So I asked him why. He said that you go through hell to become a Navy SEAL and so it separates you from the rest of the crowd. Also, he said that SEALs go on top-secret missions that nobody can know about, so they can’t talk to anyone about their work. So who can they talk with?
    It is lonely at the top.
    I was hitchhiking in Iowa back in 1986 and I was talking with this guy about the Marines (I enjoy reading military history). Then he told me about the SEALs that they are the best-trained warriors in the world. He told about these four Marines that were sitting at a table in a bar and they were drunk and obnoxious and trying to pick a fight with somebody. Then this guy walked in and sat down at the bar and drank a beer quietly by himself. The Marines began making fun of him–they were trying to provoke something. The bartender walked over to the table of Marines and told them that the guy at the bar was a SEAL. The Marines quickly left the bar and never looked back.
    “At the rebuke of His presence they fled.” “A quiet word breaketh a bone.” “The idols of Egypt are removed at his presence.”
    I guess you can say that that Navy SEAL’s reputation preceded him.
    [Originally published by Digihitch.com]
    https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/a-conversation-with-a-world-war-ii-navy-frogman/

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