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The Praying Church

Key Verse

“Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.” Acts 12:5

Text — Acts 12:1-11


The early church was going through great persecution. James the brother of John had been killed with the sword. King Herod also took Peter and kept him in prison awaiting the time to kill him also, but the church prayed. Satan does not want the word of God to spread to people in order to be liberated from their sins. He raises up people to stand against the church, but friends of Jesus must continue to pray. The church gathered for a vigil of prayer in the house of John Mark’s mother. A little girl named Rhoda joined the adults. You must not be left out of prayer meetings.

While the church was still praying, God heard their cry, sent an angel to deliver Peter from prison. It was a miraculous deliverance that surprised even Peter. God can do all things, only if we pray and believe. The church still needs to pray today even more than it did during the time of the Apostles. There is still strong persecution of the church. The enemy is not resting, because he knows that the time of Christ’s coming is at hand. He is trying all he can to stop the spread of the gospel. We must all rise up as the body of Christ and pray. A praying church is a powerful church. As we pray, God will answer, fight for us and give us the victory.

Further Reading

 Luke 18:1

Prayer for today

God, help me to give myself to prayer.

Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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