Daily Devotional
Do You Turn to Prayer in Crisis?

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

Acts 12:5

Ponder This

What were the disciples going to do? How were they going to get Peter out of prison? Were they going to organize a mob and storm the prison? Not a chance. Were they going to put some petitions up? Were they going to say, “We are influential citizens in this city, and we demand that you release Simon Peter”? They had no influence. Were they going to take a collection to get a lot of money to go in and bribe Herod? They didn’t have any money. What they had, they had distributed to feed the poor and to take care of those who were in distress in that time.

I’ll tell you what they were going to do. They were going to pray. The intellectuals would sneer and say, “Look at these silly people down on their knees in prayer.” I’ll tell you one person who didn’t sneer: the devil. It has well been said that Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees. There is an animal named the gnu, and when he’s attacked, he drops to his knees. Oh, that the Church could learn the same thing. Every other door was closed, but there was one that was open, and it went straight up. They could pray.

  • How quickly do you turn to prayer in times of crisis?
  • What other “solutions” do you typically turn to before prayer?

Practice This

Set aside time today to pray about the most pressing issues in your life.


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