2 Thessalonians 3:1 says “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you.”
Acts 12:1-2 says “...Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.” When it was heard that James was arrested, it was probably asked by the church why this happened but that he has faith and nothing will happen to him. But when he got killed all the attention was on that.
There must have been people who blamed God, wondering where he was and why he did not do anything. It is not God who allows this to happen. In John 16:23, Jesus said “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you.”
When you read further to Matthew 28:18, Jesus said, “...All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me”; and based on that authority, he said “...go and make disciples of all nations...” (Matthew 28:19). You have been given authority by Jesus and he gave you his name. Therefore, James was not killed because of Jesus; it was the Christians that did not do their job by using their authority in prayer.
The church prayed without ceasing when Peter was arrested and in Acts 12:5-7 we learn that Peter was released when God intervened. Hence, whenever you pray, you make it possible for God to intervene in your situation, in a way that he wouldn’t have if you had not prayed.
This is why in these last days you must continually pray for pastors and the growth of the ministry of reconciliation. In Colossians 4:3 the Apostle Paul said to the Christians in Colossae, “Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds.”
Dear Lord Jesus, I pray for all our faithful ministers of the Gospel and all of God’s people around the world. I pray that they may never be weary and know that you will always be their source of strength. I pray for those against Christianity who seek to persecute Christians. Your word will forever reign and remain the hope of the hopeless. Amen.
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