Vs. 2, “He (Herod) had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword.” Herod Agrippa, the grandson of Herod the Great, was like the rest of his family…murderes. King Herod was a Edomite a descandant of Esau…James was a descandant of Jacob. James would be the first Aposlte martryed. Satan went after the inner circle of the apostles with James & Peter. Question: What kept Peter from meeting the same fate? One, God has a unique purpose for each person…Two, the power of prayer. We then read of Herod’s fate & God’s wrath! The people worshipped Herod and honored him, and God would not allow such pride to continue. The great Herod is struck down while God’s Word multiplied! Let us never fear evil & the men & women who share in it. The day of judgment is sooner than we realize.
Regarding application…Power of Prayer. Vs. 5, “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” We constantly are reminded that we must pray as Christians, but I wonder if we truly believe in its power. Take the example we read in this chapter…Peter shows up at the house of Mary’s the mother of John Mark where a bunch of followers were praying for Peter. Question: Did they respond with faith when the little girl ran to tell them Peter was there? No! Why? Because there was still a certain amount of unbelief. Yet, God would honor their prayers. Do you know what the means for us? We don’t have to be perfect in our prayers to honor God and for God to answer them. There are going to be times when we pray with doubt. There are going to be times when we pray with heavy hearts. Yet, God honors our prayers anyway. God is sufficient…we are insufficient. That is why we must pray. Even when all seems impossible. James had just been slain…to the followers, Peter was sure to be next. Yet, they did not give up in their prayers. They did no sulk & feel sorry for themeselves. They understood even with a certain amount of unbelief…that they MUST pray. They were compelled to pray by the power of the Holy Spirit. Brothers & sisters in Christ…Let us pray.