SOMETHING IS BOUND TO HAPPEN WHEN THE CHURCH BEGINS TO PRAY
Grab your neighbor by the hand and repeat after me: Glad to be in church, preacher needs your prayers, all your Amen’s, Today’s sermon subject: Something is bound to happen when the Church begins to Pray.
Dorthy Norwood wrote a song titled ‘When the Church begins to Pray.’ See when the church begins to pray God will have His way.
Chains will be broken, doors will swing open.
Oh, something is bound to happen when the church begins to pray.
When the church begins to pray God will have His way.
Captives they will be free.
Doubters they will believe.
Something is bound to happen when the church begins to pray.
Pray church pray.
Don’t hesitate, it’s not too late for your break through.
God desires to hear from you.
Something is bound to happen when the church begins to pray.
In our text today we see that this evil King Herod has killed James one the three primary apostles that Christ took to the side to teach.
This King also imprison James counterpart, Pastor Peter.
Pastor Peter is now in jail and his praying along wasn’t getting the job done.
But his church knowing that their Pastor was in a situation that he could not help himself and they could not rescue him.
They knew someone who could help him so they begin to pray.
Verse 5b says but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.
Because of this earnest prayer to God by the church God begin to move on their behalf.
When things begin to happen in that jail cell Pastor Peter that he was dreaming.
See Pastor Peter knew that he was not praying but sleeping.
Once he realize that he was not asleep but that God had sent an angel to set him he went to the house of Mary the mother of John Mark.
Pastor Peter went in side and realized that church was praying to God for him.
Something is bound to Happen when the Church begins to Pray.
Our text opens up with Pastor Peter in jail so my first point is
Whoops the Pastor is in a predicament.
There are many cliches within our churches and one of the cliches is this ‘Prayer changes things.’
Those of us who have active prayer lives, and you’ve prayed for some time, you know that God does answer prayers.
Prayer changes things is a good cliche.
But today church, the man that God called and anointed to be Pastor over the church in now in a predicament that he cannot help himself out of and the church members cannot rescue him out of church what are going to do.
Well I hope the church will pray.
Pastor Peter was kept in prison, he wasn’t just there but he was kept there and the king was the only one who could let him.
Now there is more than one way of getting into prison.
You getting into prison the evangelize.
2. If you break the law.
You can visit family and friends.
You can get into prison by been false charged.
There are also ways you can get out of prison.
You can break out.
But this was impossible for Pastor Peter because he was chained to soldiers.
2. Someone can break you out, but this involves the risk of being caught or killed.
You can get a pardon by the Government.
Pastor Peter knew that he couldn’t break out, and that his church was not strong enough to take
Erik Raymond, pastor of the Emmaus Bible Church, consulted the writings of Samuel Jones, who was a pastor from 1763-1814’, and Pastor Raymond found 15 responsibilities that the church has to their Pastor.
I will speak on a few of them.
1. Church members are called to obey and respect.
A Christians call to obedience is done according to God’s will and for His glory.
Obedience and respect may not be something we want to do but as Christians, God has called us to solidarity- to work together, carry each other’s burdens, and respect authority.
2. A second responsibility of church members is: Church members are called to pray.
We pray often for those in the congregation who are suffering, ill or in need of help.
But do we pray just as often for our pastor who leads us?
The church should pray for it’s pastor and family.
Pastor Peter was in trouble and the church could have said that he got himself in this trouble and he can get himself out of this mess.
This church knew that when they come together and pray something is bound to happen.
Pastor’s around the world are leaving churches because they have become over whelmed with the stress of pastoring.
A pastor noted, ‘He may not ask you for it.
He may seem strong and courageous and ‘with it’ all the time.
But underneath there is a fragile desperate soul often squeezed by the pressures of serving God’s people.
So pray for faithfulness, refreshment, wisdom, creativity, humility, people skills, and much more.
This pastor finished his note with this, ‘I never fully realized the need to pray for pastors until I actually became one.’
Church you don’t know fully what a pastor has to go through in their day to day pastoring.
Church pastors are human just like us so pray for him and not talk about him.
Pray with him not fight with him.
In ‘praying at all times in the spirit, with all prayer and supplication.
To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel.
Paul, in says ‘at the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ.’
Church the devil is real and one way to cause conflict in the church is to attach the pastor.
Pastor Peter just lost his close friend and the man who killed him has him locked up.
His soul his now over whelmed because he doesn’t know what is going to happen to him.
But the church knew what to do they knew that they had to pray to God for their pastor.
Because something is bound to happen when they begin to pray.
reads ‘if my people who are called by name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Church it’s time for us to turn from our selfish ways, our big ego’s, our ‘my way or no way.
Church when you begin to pray something is bound to happen.
God will begin to move on your behalf, the chains will begin to fall of Pastor.
When things happen in or to the Body of Christ we rather fuss about than pray about, we rather leave the church than to grab someones hand and pray about it.
Church something is bound to happen when you begin to pray.
The text says the church praying Earnest prayer.
Earnest is define as a serious and intent mental state.
The word earnest comes from a term that literally means “be in one’s right mind.”
The word earnest stresses a clearheaded sensibility that allows a person to appraise a situation and act appropriately.
Earnest praying is prayer that is driven by the Scriptures.
Earnest praying is praying with a mind fixed on spiritual priorities. .
This church’s mind set where on things above and not on things on earth.
The church must enter into pray with mind focus on Christ.
Ill: Karen Sparks had trusted God with her salvation, but wasn’t sure she was trusting God with everything.
On her mission trip to Ecuador, she notice how all the believers in Ecuador literally trusted God for their daily bread.
The Body of Christ must trust God for their daily needs.
But wait a minute you’ll telling me to trust God for my daily bread when the pastor is locked up and President, I mean King, want pardon him and want me to trust God.
Now we got issues.