TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7
Scripture: Acts 12:5-6, 21-25
In Acts 12:5-6 we read that Peter was arrested and then jailed. James had already been killed in order to satisfy the Jews. Herod was preparing to bring Peter to the same fate. Verse 5 says the church prayed constantly and the Lord sent an angel and freed Peter from the prison. But that is not all an angel was sent to do! In verses 21-23, we are told, “So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration to them. And the people kept shouting, ‘The voice of a god and not of a man!’ Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died.” Then verse 25 says, “And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their ministry, and they also took with them John whose surname was Mark.” Isn’t it interesting that God had the very man who understood the covenant of Sure Mercy in Jerusalem for so far the greatest single assault that was made on Peter and on the early church. I wonder what Paul did? I would suspect that he prayed judicially over Herod. We certainly see the fruit of it. The real question is, ‘What, O Lord, do you want us to do in our sphere of influence? How can we pray that will build and strengthen the wall against evil that You desire to build?’ Is it wise to always pray the Lord will bless those who are enemies of Jesus and the cross? Let’s remember that tradition makes the Word of no effect!