Acts 12:6-12, 16: “ 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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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.”
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.”
In our day, prayer gatherings have not always been the most eagerly-attended or welcoming, but God is changing things before our eyes. In the same spirit of the early church, people are having prayer gatherings in digital spaces. In this current time of crisis, there is a vast array of prayer meetings. Some are small, some consist of thousands. Leaders, children, families, and churches are interceding for people and nations in anticipation of what God will do. Today, we will increase our vision for corporate prayer as we look at a prayer meeting that saw God move miraculously.
Earlier in Acts 12, we are told about the martyrdom of James the apostle (the brother of John). Now, we find Peter in prison, also awaiting execution. Peter is well-guarded and he seems to be in an impossible situation—but God! The church joins together in communal prayer, pleading for Peter’s release. What happens next is like something from a thriller movie. God answers His children’s prayers and releases Peter in a supernatural way!
So, as we go together this month to reach our communities for Jesus, we recognize that we need all of our activities to be inspired, empowered, and strengthened by the Holy Spirit. We further recognize that, as we pray and seek God together, it is God who gives us strength: He inspires us, leads us, and guides us. We also acknowledge that we desperately need God to open people’s hearts and give us divine appointments! We see God do all this in us and through us through prayer! Let’s pray before we go, as we go, and after we are done!
A special thanks to the American Bible Society for contributing devotional content for Go2020.
Ask God to act supernaturally in the hearts of the people you know and love.
Be bold! If you notice someone you know and love who is in pain, ask them if they would like you to pray for them! Participate in the Unite714 Global Prayer Event on Friday, 10am CDT.