Prayer Fetched the Angel

Posted on: 7-15-112016

“The angel fetched Peter out of prison, but it was prayer that fetched the angel.” Thomas Watson

I saw this quote yesterday and it has had me thinking about how powerful our prayers can be.  The story that unfolds in Acts 12 tells about Peter who has been imprisoned by Herod for his allegiance to Christ.  Herod placed four squads of soldiers around Peter’s cell and had him bound with two chains between two soldiers because he did not want any possibility of an escape.  Meanwhile, as Peter is in prison, fellow believers, went to work on his behalf:

“Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.” Acts 12: 5

One night, as Peter was sleeping, chained between the two soldiers, an angel of the Lord appeared and delivered Peter from the prison.  Many may say that God could’ve delivered Peter even if one prayer had not been uttered.  Many would disagree with Thomas Watson’s statement that it was prayer that fetched the angel.  They could argue that God sent the angel of His own accord and that He doesn’t need us to pray about anything because He is perfectly capable of taking care of things on His own.  And all of those arguments are 100% correct.  God is more than able to do whatever He needs to do.  He doesn’t need us to do anything in order for Him to accomplish His work.  However, He wants us to be involved in His work.  He wants us to be able to play a part in the unfolding of His plans.  You may ask, as I often have, why in the world God would want to involve us in carrying out His plans.  I mean, look who He is dealing with…people who are flawed, marred, and broken.  People who have nothing to offer Him except their self complete with a sin ridden heart and a list of limitations that stretches as far as the eye can see.  People who are not even equipped to take care of their own selves much less the work of God’s Kingdom.  So, again, why would He choose to allow us to be a part of His work?  He chooses to do so simply for the fact that He loves us and wants to be a part of our lives.  He knows that He can do things on His own, but He knows that if He did things on His own, we would never be able to experience being a part of His work and therefore, we would miss out on the opportunity to grow our faith in Him.  He knows that we would miss out on the exhilaration we feel when He answers the prayers that we are praying.  He knows that when we come to Him in prayer and then see the answer unfold before our eyes that we experience Him in a way we never could if we didn’t pray.  And He knows that prayer keeps Him and us in the proper position…Him as the all powerful, sovereign God and us as the ones who are depending on Him to take care of it all.  No, God doesn’t need us to pray in order to carry out His work, but we certainly need to pray in order to know Him in a way that we can’t experience otherwise.



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