Prayer Without Ceasing
A Sermon on Acts 12:5
So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. (ESV)
What is the Church’s greatest weapon? Some may say organizations or church events, but Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones argues in his sermon on Acts 12:5 that “our ultimate weapon is that of prayer.” The church has been through hard times since its existence, and Dr. Lloyd-Jones notes that it is helpful to realize how the church has handled it in the past. In verse five, we are given the answer to how the early church handled persecution— they prayed. Dr. Lloyd-Jones seeks to deal with two aspects of prayer from Acts 12— “How does God answer prayer?” And “When does God answer prayer?”. First, concerning the text, Peter was in prison during the last night of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and therefore could not be put to death, but would the next day. In light of this, Dr. Lloyd-Jones takes note of Peter’s ability to sleep— it was a gift from God. Also, God answered through the miraculous, as can clearly be seen by his escape. Dr. Lloyd-Jones challenges us to have faith and expect answers to our prayers. Second, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones argues from this text that God sometimes waits until the last moment to answer prayer in order to test and train us.