What we believe after we pray is just as important as what we believe while we pray.
Scripture Reading: Mark 11:20-26 (Also Acts 12:6-17; Matthew 7:7-11; James 5:16-18)
In Acts 12:6-17 we find the account of the infant church exposing its toddling level of faith when its primary leader, Peter, was thrown into prison in the wake of Stephen and James’ execution. Peter’s prospects didn’t look good either. A prayer meeting gathered at Mary’s house, the mother of a future history maker, John Mark. I’m sure there were many earnest, fervent, tearful appeals that ascended to heaven that night on behalf of Peter. Meanwhile, in prison, strapped between two guards, Peter is awakened by a bright light and a gentle tap on the shoulder by an angel. He is led out of prison to the prayer meeting, where he knocks on the door of the gate. Rhoda answers and is so excited that she leaves him there and announces it to the praying “unbelievers.” They deny her report and argue that Peter must be dead– she saw his angel. Peter had an easier time getting out of the
We owe the world an encounter with God therefore we are relentless in the pursuit of His presence and power both inside and outside the church walls.
Scripture Reading: Acts 16:25-34 (Also Daniel 6:25-28; Acts 4:30-31; 5:12-16; Hebrews 2:3-4)
The Bible (2 Kings 7) tells of 4 men who had been shoved to the outskirts by a whole city because they had a disease. Worse yet, an overwhelming, invading army had surrounded the city for so long that hunger had caused its inhabitants to resort to cannibalism. They concluded that since they were going to die anyway, they might as well surrender to the enemy and hope for compassion and food. When they arrived at camp they were astounded to find that, because of a miraculous event predicted and performed by God, food, clothes and bounty of all kind was what remained. They enjoyed themselves for a while, but then realized the people of the city were not aware of what God had done for them. Realizing this wasn’t right, they determined that they owed it to the city to share the good news so that they too could enjoy God’s deliverance and blessings.