Maybe you’re like me. When something’s on my mind, no amount of melatonin is going to bring sleep. I toss and turn, sigh and stew… all night long. My response to stress can sometimes result in the puffy-eyed blob I find in the mirror the next morning.
It’s so hard to pick just one story in the New Testament where we see Jehovah-Jireh provide for His people in amazing ways at amazing times. But this is one I love so much. It demonstrates God’s mighty power, sure. But it also shows what happens in a church that is fully trusting of Jesus’ ability to provide and rescue.
What we find in Acts 12 is an imprisoned Peter, facing trial at Herod’s hands. Those encounters usually didn’t end well for Jesus’ apostles. Herod assigned sixteen soldiers to guard him. He was not risking a repeat of when an angel of the Lord sprung Peter from jail (Acts 5) and the next day he went right back to teaching in the town square!
Peter is chained to two guards when lo and behold, it happens again! An angel appears and lights up the joint! But guess what? Peter is asleep! He is chained between two guards, sawing logs. He’s sleeping so soundly, that Acts 12:7 says the angel struck Peter on the side to wake him up. I hope that angel wasn’t disappointed by his lack of a grand entrance, but Peter was out like a light!
While he was in that cell, awaiting certain bad news the next day, I think I know why he was so restful. Verse 5 says: “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” They were praying so hard that once the angel led him out and he arrived at the place where the church was gathered… they were still praying!
And now I’m about to start bawlin’... Church, what if we committed to pray for each other in that way, with that zeal, and with that fervor? What might we see God provide in our midst? Would lives be transformed? Would healing happen in our community and culture? Would the Kingdom advance beyond our wildest imaginings? Would the name of Christ be lifted up and honored?
Oh, boy. Who’s with me? Let’s hit our knees, friends. Let’s watch Jehovah-Jireh provide all that’s needed in our time.
What or who is God calling you to give to Him? He will provide. Now, turn out the light and get some rest.