Peter was in prison, fastened with two chains, between two soldiers. An angel came. His chains fell off. Peter and the angel passed two guard posts. When they came to the iron gate, it opened all by itself (see Acts 12:6-17).
God did this.
But his friends did their part: While Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him. . . many were gathered for prayer (Acts 12:5,12).
The king’s questions filled him with fear. Before Nehemiah answered, he prayed to the God of heaven (see Nehemiah 2:1-8).
Pray before you speak.
They walked to the tomb, asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us?” But when they arrived, the stone had been rolled away (see Mark 16:3-4).
We walk through life, asking each other, “Who will buy our house, give us a job, provide our needs, heal our sickness. . .” But when we arrive, we will see that God solved every problem, sometimes before we asked (see Matthew 6:8).
Talk less. Pray more.
Ponder this as you pray:
An evil spirit lived in a man. He was able to snap chains and smash shackles (see Mark 5).
The good Holy Spirit lives in us, who believe in Jesus. Through Him we can do all things. (see Ephesians 1:13; Philippians 4:13).
What might you ask God to do?
With God everything is possible (Matthew 19:26).
That’s why we pray about everything (Philippians 4:6).
As you pray salvation for others, pray that you will have a heart that’s pure, untainted by evil; a steadfast,willing spirit; the Holy Spirit’s presence; and the joy of salvation.
If you have those things, then you can teach others to turn back to God (see Psalm 51:10-13).
This will help you pray for others: http://ablogonprayer.com/2011/10/17/praying-salvation-for-others/
His eyes, usually bright, were clouded. I listened. I saw how “the words of the reckless pierce like swords (Proverbs 12:18).”
Those of us who pray must be very careful what we say. It is not right for blessing and cursing to come out of the same mouth (from James 3:10).
If you struggle to keep your words kind and pure, pray this: “Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips (Psalm 141:3).”