“Peter was kept in prison: but prayer (instant in earnest prayer) was made for him” (Acts 12:5).
Peter was in prison awaiting his execution. The church had neither human power nor influence to save him. There was no earthly help, but there was help to be obtained by the way of heaven. They gave themselves to fervent, persistent prayer. God sent his angel who aroused Peter from sleep and let him out through the first and second wards of the prison. When they came to the iron gate, it opened it to them of its own accord, and Peter was free.
There may be some iron gate in your life that has blocked your way. Like a caged bird, you have often beaten against the bars; but instead of helping, you have only had to fall back tired, exhausted and sore at heart. There was a secret for you to learn and that is believing prayer; and when you come to the iron gate, it will open up of it’s own accord.
How much wasted energy and sore disappointment will be saved if you learn to pray as did the church in the upper room?
Insurmountable difficulties will disappear; adverse circumstances will prove favorable if you learn to pray, not with your own faith, but with the faith of God.
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, go throw yourself into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatsoever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:22).
Souls in prison have been waiting for years for the gate to open; loved ones out of Christ bound by Satan, will be set free when you pray till you definitely believe God.
Emergencies call for intense prayer. When the man becomes the prayer, nothing can resist its touch. Elijah on Carmel, bowed down on the ground, with his face between his knees. That was prayer – the man himself.
“Groanings which cannot be uttered are often prayers which cannot be refused”. – C.H. Spurgeon
Go see what Irongate you can open this week!
(From the devotional, “Streams in the Desert”.)