Prayer and Pride (Acts 12)

“So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.”  Acts 12:5

“And the people were shouting, ‘The voice of a god, and not of a man!”  Acts 12:22

As you read this, our team is engaged in the battle of the gospel on a foreign field.  This is our fourth day.  It is on this day that we will need much prayer because we are weak in our own strength.  So please pray for us as we seek to see God’s will accomplished in our lives.

I hope you take the time to read the text for today’s More For Christ.  Just a reminder, “Acts tells us the highlighted story of how the New Testament Church put into practice the teaching of the head of the church who is Jesus!!!”

Here in Acts 12 we find two men dominating the landscape of the chapter.  One man, is a servant of Jesus.  Much prayer is being made for him.  He is in prison awaiting execution (12:1-5).  The second man, is the man who put the first man in jail.  His name is Herod.  He is the governor over the region of Palestine.  Much praise is given to this man because he controls the food chain in Palestine.

The first man receives a glorious miracle.  The second man receives a gory judgment.

The first man:  Peter responds to the miracle by giving glory to God.

The second man: Herod responds to prise by taking glory to himself.

The first man lived to do great things in the kingdom.  The second man died having done nothing of value in the kingdom of God.

I don’t know about you, but I want to live my life as the first man.  I want to live with a hunger to make God’s name famous in this world.  This hunger demands much from our lives.  Allow me to list a few for you:

1.  We must seek to severe ourselves from a selfish lifestyle.

2.  We must seek to understand the importance to making God famous.

3.  We must be willing to be discipled by the Lord on the journey.

4.  We must be willing to receive correction from God’s people and God’s word.

5.  We must be willing to end each day exhausted because we give all in that day.

These are just a few of the many things that identify one who has a hunger for Jesus.  Please pray that these five things happen with our mission team today.

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