Summary: Sometimes it may seem that God doesn’t hear us but God does care for His children and His delay may be an opportunity to increase our faith
Introduction: Many times, we have things in our lives and we do not know why things seem to be delayed. We have definite needs, and God seems to wait. Even in times that we do not understand, we must always remember that God=s clock always keeps perfect time. Why does God seemingly at times, wait, before He answers our needs?
I. The Attack of the World - vs. 1-2
A. The Murderer
1. Satan had a Servant
2. Satan had a scheme to hinder the work of God.
B. A Martyr - James
1. The Brother of John
2. The Death
3. The Prophecy fulfilled Mt 20:23, Gen 50:20
II. The Arrest of Peter - vs. 3-11
A. His Reality - A real prison with real guards and real chains
1. His Prison was real - Iron gates
2. His Guards were real- Quaternion- 4 soldiers- so 16 guarded him
3. His Chains were real
B. His Rest - vs. 6
1. What an expression of Confidence
2. What an expression of Contentment, 2Co 4:16
C. His Release - vs. 7-10
1. The Angel of the Lord - Source of Deliverance
2. The Instructions
3. The Path, 1Ti 6:11
D. His Realization
1. This miracle had a source
2. This miracle had seekers - vs. 5, 12, 2Co 1:11
III. The Affinity of the Church
A. In Purpose - they had a common need
B. In Passion
C. In Prayer, Mt. 18:19
1. Prayer Is A Force that is Dynamic - Jas 5:16
2. Prayer Is Faith Demonstrated
3. Prayer is a Fulfillment of Dedication
Conclusion: Are you praying for your needs?
Could it be that God wants us to express our needs to Him, not taking Him for granted?
When we have nothing left but God, we realize how precious He is!
Could it be that God wants us to exercise faith and trust Him?
Could it be that God is merely waiting on us all to pray together? Will we pray?
If we struggle to free ourselves from what we face, often it would crush us, but if we continue in prayer, common in passion and purpose, there is deliverance from whatever Satan would use to crush and devour us.
Ho 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
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