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Jan 07, 2018

Prepare(d) to Pray

Passage: Acts 12:1-19

Speaker: Jim Ferguson

Series: Acts

Keywords: acts, prayer

Our study in this portion of Acts is about God's preparing the Church to reach the world. He has provided the missionary, the open door, and the accepting hearts of His people. Now He moves the Church to create the atmosphere for reaching the world with the Gospel: prayer. Note four aspects of God's preparing work.

ASPECT 1: THE OCCASION FOR PRAYER  (.1-5)

A. "King Herod... proceeded to seize Peter"

  1. Why? Jews: GENTILES in Church
  2. Why? Herod: INSECURITY before Church
  3. Why? God: MOTIVATES Church to pray

B. Pt: God MOVES to prayer

C. Application: PRAY!

ASPECT 2: THE ANSWER TO PRAYER  (.6-11)

A. "The Lord sent his angel and rescued me"

  1. Why led by angel? CERTIFY as God
  2. Why think = vision? EXPERIENCE with God
  3. Why people pray? WILL of God
  4. Why last minute? TRAINING of God

B. PT: God acts AS/BEFORE we pray

C. Application: ASK God's WILL

ASPECT 3: THE RESPONSE TO PRAYER  (.12-17)

A. "When they... saw him, they were astonished"

  1. Why? DISBELIEF
  2. Why? JOY
  3. Why? Peter in DANGER

B. Pt: God acts DESPITE DISBELIEVING prayer

C. Application: TRUST

ASPECT 4: THE CONTRAST TO PRAYER  (.18-19a)

A. "Herod... cross-examined the guards and executed (them)"

  1. Why? BLAME
  2. Why? CONSEQUENCE of sin

B. Pt: God defeats the world through prayer

C. Application: ASK God's WISDOM

CONCLUSION: MISSIONS SUCCEED VIA PRAYER

A. PRAY!

B. PRAISE!