And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod. Acts 12:11.
The day of Peter’s execution was at last appointed, but still the prayers of the believers ascended to heaven; and while all their energies and sympathies were called out in fervent appeals for help, angels of God were watching over the imprisoned apostle….
Herod on this occasion had taken double precautions. To prevent all possibility of release, Peter had been put under the charge of sixteen soldiers, who, in different watches, guarded him day and night. In his cell, he was placed between two soldiers, and was bound by two chains, each chain being fastened to the wrist of one of the soldiers. He was unable to move without their knowledge. With the prison doors securely fastened, and a strong guard before them, all chance of rescue or escape through human means was cut off. But man’s extremity is God’s opportunity …. Herod was lifting his hand against Omnipotence, and he was to be utterly defeated. By the putting forth of His might, God was about to save the precious life that the Jews were plotting to destroy…. A mighty angel is sent from heaven to rescue Peter.
The principalities and powers of heaven are watching the warfare which, under apparently discouraging circumstances, God’s servants are carrying on. New conquests are being achieved, new honors won, as the Christians, rallying round the banner of their Redeemer, go forth to fight the good fight of faith. All the heavenly angels are at the service of the humble, believing people of God; and as the Lord’s army of workers here below sing their songs of praise, the choir above join with them in ascribing praise to God and to His Son….
Every true child of God has the co-operation of heavenly beings. Invisible armies of light and power attend the meek and lowly ones who believe and claim the promises of God. Cherubim and seraphim, and angels that excel in strength, stand at God’s right hand, “all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation.
Conflict and Courage p. 336
Prayer Requests
—– Prayers would be appreciated for my mother, she is in the hospital. She was having trouble breathing, as well swelling in her feet. Mike
—–I’ve been having a lot of back pain for over a week and only getting worse. Walking is really hard and painful for me. Blood work was negative (thankfully). I’ve been unable to work and that is frustrating for me. I would appreciate your prayers at this time. Bryce
—–Will You Please *pray for my daughter OCEAN… *She was in a car smash today and is unconscious and in “intensive care” with quite serious injuries. Myke
—–My friend of 22 years just died this morning..It didn’t think him dying would hit me this hard, but it really has..I am very sad‼️ please pray for my friend’s family during this time..And please pray for my sadness about this. Eva
Dear Friends,
Years ago, I heard a visiting pastor say, “I asked God once for a certain request and I don’t have to ask again.”  He was very casual in his petition and addressed the great King of the Universe as if He were an equal or even a subordinate, There was something lacking in his attitude that I was not comfortable with. 
God’s Holy Word tells us that we are to be persistent in prayer.  Jesus tells us. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”  Luke 11:9,10 He wants us to keep on asking until we receive, keep on seeking until we find, keep on knocking until it is opened.  The heartfelt prayer is never turned away.  Paul admonishes us to “pray without ceasing.”  1 Thes 5:17  We are to desire an answer to our prayer with our whole heart.  James tells us, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  James 5:16  Throughout the day we have the privilege of pressing our petitions to the throne of grace.  We have the privilege of coming to our Dear Saviour for the help that we need to overcome.  By continually having our heart uplifted in prayer, the enemy has no power over us.Jesus says, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” John 15:7  “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” vs 10  “Have faith in God.  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.  And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”  Mark 11:22-26    Paul tells us, “in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”  Phil 4:6  “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”  Heb 4:15,16    Let us “continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.”  Col 4:2  Let us be persevering and sincere in our prayers.  Let us keep our heart uplifted moment by moment to our Dear Saviour is my prayer.   

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