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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, November 8, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
Herod’s plan undoubtedly was to execute Peter, but the believers were praying for Peter’s safety. The earnest prayer of the church significantly affected the outcome of these events. Prayer changes things, so pray often and with confidence.
God sent an angel to rescue Peter. Angels are God’s messengers. They are divinely created beings with supernatural power, and they sometimes take on human appearance in order to talk to people. Angels should not be worshiped because they are not divine. They are God’s servants, just as we are. (NLT)
Acts 12:1-11 – About that time King Herod Agrippa began to persecute some believers in the church. He had the apostle James (John’s brother) killed with a sword. When Herod saw how much this pleased the Jewish leaders, he arrested Peter during the Passover celebration and imprisoned him, placing him under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each. Herod’s intention was to bring Peter out for public trial after the Passover. But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him.
The night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was asleep, chained between two soldiers, with others standing guard at the prison gate. Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel tapped him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists. Then the angel told him, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” And he did. “Now put on your coat and follow me,” the angel ordered.
So Peter left the cell, following the angel, but all the time he thought it was a vision. He didn’t realize it was really happening. They passed the first and second guard posts and came to the iron gate to the street, and this opened to them all by itself. So they passed through and started walking down the street, and then the angel suddenly left him.
Peter finally realized what had happened. “It’s really true!” he said to himself. “The Lord has sent his angel and saved me from Herod and from what the Jews were hoping to do to me!”
Andy Baker (Tennessee) titled his story “PRAYERS DURING PERSECUTION;” here is a portion of Andy’s story:
“. . . Situations like these drive me to my knees in prayer for all people who are seeking God — especially those facing circumstances like the ones described above. I have decided to pray for each country in the world over the course of each year. Accordingly, I select a country for each day of the week. Then I pray for God to bless each of those countries. For any country that is hostile to Christianity, I pray that God will raise up individuals who will introduce Christ to their people. . . . My hope is that the next generation who lives in those countries will learn about Jesus and live by his principles.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will remember Christians who are suffering for their faith.
Prayer: O God, defender of the helpless, console and strengthen those who suffer for their faith in you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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