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March 23, 2017



Acts 12:6


On the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison.




The night before Peter’s trial and probable execution, he lay sound asleep in his cell. How could he sleep soundly when God had allowed James to die? Peter, of course, had a record of sleeping when he should have been praying. He had no problem with insomnia. Nevertheless on this occasion God may have wanted him to sleep. Perhaps he did not fear for his life because Jesus had implied that he would live to an old age. Normally the Romans chained a prisoner by his right hand to his guard’s left hand, but each of Peter’s hands was chained to a different guard on either side of him.  Herod wanted to make sure Peter did not get away.

There is a second suggestion in this passage which is related to the matter of the church at prayer. It is the fact that Peter is at peace though he is in prison. How could he sleep on the night of his execution? If you were to be executed tomorrow morning, and you knew it, knew that your head was to be chopped off, would you have a good night’s sleep tonight? You’d be ordering Sominex by the bottle from the nearest drug store, wouldn’t you? But Peter slept, and slept peacefully. It was not that he was such a great man of faith. Peter was, like us, oftentimes weak and fearful. It was because the church was praying for him. That is where he derived strength. That is why God gave him peace of heart. That is why you find the Apostle Paul urging the people to whom he wrote to pray for him. “Hold me up in your prayers that I might be bold, and that I might have peace. Prayer does that for those undergoing times of difficulty and trouble.


Memory Verse: 1 Peter 4:9


A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.

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