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MESSAGE FROM OUR MINISTER - SUNDAY 31 MAY 2020
Miracle Working Prayers
Acts 1:13-14 (NIV)
13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
Acts 12:5 (NIV)
5 So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.
Peter was in prison waiting to face execution, and the church had no human influence that could save him. There was no earthly help available, but help could be received by way of God. So the church gave themselves to fervent and persistent prayer. And God sent an angel, who “struck Peter on the side and woke him up” (Acts 12:7). Then the angel led him past “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.” (Acts 12:10). And Peter was free.
Perhaps there is some iron gate in the life of each one of us, blocking our way. Like a caged bird, we have often beaten against the bars, and instead of easing our situation, we have become even more tired and exhausted and caused ourself more heartache. But in these two very short passages there is a secret for us to learn, the secret of believing prayer. Then when we come to the iron gate, it will open as it did for Peter, “by itself”.
How much wasted energy and painful disappointment will be saved once we learn to pray as the early church did in the room upstairs and in “the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark” (Acts 12:12). Insurmountable difficulties will disappear and adverse circumstances will turn favourable once we learn to pray, not with our own faith but with the faith of Christ Jesus.
24"The God who made the world and everything in it is the LORD of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28' For in him we live and move and have our being.'
As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.' (NIV)
Rev. Asif Das.