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Praying everyday and not even expecting

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“ Praying everyday and not even expecting “

Acts 12:1-16
Question: who’s praying and really not even expecting things to change
You could be praying EVERYDAY
And not really expecting
Your prayers to change things
Because your prayers now
Has really become out of HABIT & ROUTINE
This church in Acts
Was under attack
Herod was plotting
But the church was praying
And prayers can override
Any good plot any day
But when we look at verse 5
It looks like in verse 5
As the church was praying
That the church had effective prayers
But that wasn't the case
When we pray
God wants us to expect
Simply because of who He is ( Know His Word )
This church was praying
But they wasn’t expecting
Because we can see it in their actions
They prayed but it wasn’t effective prayer
We can see 3 things about their prayer
1st They Prayed Endlessly
2nd They Prayed Entirely
3rd They Prayed Exclusively
1st They Prayed Endlessly
Prayer was made without ceasing 24 hours a day someone was praying
1st They Prayed Endlessly
2nd They Prayed Entirely
The whole church is praying the old and young and all the ministries
Their prayer is an SOS ( Suspended Other Services )
1st They Prayed Endlessly
2nd They Prayed Entirely
3rd They Prayed Exclusively
Everybody in the church is praying JUST FOR PETER not for the poor, sick and shut in, for more money, for more members or more ministries
Even though the church was praying
Endlessly — Entirely — Exclusively
But the church
Wasn’t praying Expectingly
4th They didn’t pray Expectingly
Look at verse 13-16
The church praying ALL week
And not even EXPECTING
Because when Rhoda told them
That Peter was at the door
They said girl you’re crazy
( Astonished - Amazed ) — Praise party
Footnote: Somethings about God don’t surprise me because He’s FAITHFUL , I just praise Him for it
Someone goes through
The exercise of praying every day
And really don't believe
God is going to do it for you
There's something in the text
That was blocking their belief
How is it ?
That a whole church can come together
And pray — Endlessly — Entirely — Exclusively
And still don't believe
That God is going to do
What they are asking Him to do
1st They knew the History of Herod Hand ( V. 1 )
Verse — 1 Herod Hand
( Certain of the church ) — James & Peter
The people praying for Peter
Knew that Herod
Was nobody to be messed with
They knew the HISTORY of the Herod’s
They knew that every Herod in the bible
Had a history of handling his business
They knew whenever Herod said
He was going to GET YOU
You was as good as GOT
Because Herod didn’t play
The Herod in this verse 1
Is the grandson
Of King Herod the great
In Matthew Chapter 2:16
You remember Doing the days of Jesus Christ
A decree went out from
Herod the great
That every male child under the age of 2 yrs. old
Was to be killed
That King Herod back then
Is the grandfather of
This Herod in the text
There was another King Herod
During the days of John the Baptist
And that John the Baptist
Had his head cut off
Because of the King Herod of that day
Order his head to be cut off
Well that King Herod then
Is the uncle of this
Herod in the text
So they knew the history
of King Herod’s
They knew if King Herod
Said I'm going to kill you
You was just good as killed
But they forgot about SOMETHING
They forgot about
The history of God's hand
And they listen to the history
Of Herod’s hand
And forgot the history of God’s HAND
Note: When you are praying don’t every forget about the history of God’s Hand
Footnote: Sometimes history can mess us up
The History of :
Cancerlupusblood disease covid-19daddy alcoholicmother on drugsdivorce in familyno college person in family
But let me give you a Name & a Word that rules over History
Name: Jesus
God’s History
Is greater than any history in the world
God’s Name is above any name
Philippians 2:9-10 KJV
9 “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;”
And the only reason
Why you have survived
The hell you've been through
Is because you got history
With the hand of God
It was not you
That got you where you are today
It was the hand of God :
The house - the car - the child - the healing - the job
Give God Praise for the History of God’s Hand
Somebody today
You are wrestling with history
You have a history :
Of failure - of disappointments - of brokenness - of mistakes - bad relationships - of depression
Footnote: Your History haunts you every week
What often hinders prayer
Is history
One WORD - can mess you up
The news media - can mess you up
Past statistics - can mess you up
And what also hinders prayer
But your DELAY is not a DENIAL
Peter had been in jail
All week and the saints was praying
But just because
They had to keep praying
It wasn’t a DENIAL ( Keep Praying even when there’s a DELAY )
Footnote: God is the ONLY person that can be late and still on time ( John 11 - Mary - Martha )
But you got to write
Romans 8:35 (KJV)
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Romans 8:37 (KJV)
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Philippians 4:13 (KJV)
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
2 Kings 6:16 (CSBBible)
16 Elisha said, “Don’t be afraid, for those who are with us outnumber those who are with them.”
Psalm 30:5 (KJV)
5 : weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
2 Chronicles 20:15 (KJV)
15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.
They are praying for Peter
But in the back of their minds
They don't believe Peter
Is coming out of this
1st They knew the History of Herod Hand ( V. 1 )
2nd They knew the Persecution Pointed at Peter ( V. 4 )
They knew
That what Peter was going through
Was something that was unusual
Peter is going through what you call
Unprecedented punishment
DEFINE: UNPRECEDENTED — never done or known before
And notice how many times ( HIM ) is mention
Look at verse 4
This wasn't normal persecution
That the king had him apprehended
The king had him put in maximum-security
The king had him guarded by 16 soldiers
The king had him shackle to 2 soldiers
Had him guarded by 2 soldiers on the outside of the cell
And had those 4 soldiers
Rotating all 4 shifts of the night
And the people praying for Peter
Thought that because of
Herod persecution
Was pointed directly at him
That there was no way for him
Note: What you have been going thru is unusual and you don’t even know how to pray for what you’re going thru ( 1st Time for THAT but not 1st time for trouble )
But what the church
Failed to recognize
As about Peter
That this was not the same him
That they knew before
That this Peter had been changed
In fact
Him been with the Lord
This ain't the same him
That denied Jesus 3 times
This ain't the same him
That would talk out of turn
This ain't the same him
That would cut the soldier ear off to stop the arrest of Jesus
This ain’t the same him
In Matthew 26:74
That began to curse & swear I know not Jesus
Define: Curse — to swear by invoking a curse upon oneself or another for failure
This is The new Peter
This is the him
In Acts 2:1
That was in that
Large upper room on the day of Pentecost
When the Holy Ghost fail
This is the him
In Acts 2:41
That preach one sermon
And 3000 people join the church
This is the him
In Acts 3:1
That got to the gate called beautiful
And saw a lame man
And grabbed him by the wrist
And said
Acts 3:6
6 But Peter said, “I don’t have silver or gold, but what I do have, I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!”
This is the him
In Acts 4:12
That testified
Acts 4:12
12 There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved.”
This is the him
In Acts 5:15
That was so anointed
That people got in Peter’s shadow to be healed
This him been with the Lord
You are going to make it
Because you just like Peter
It's a new you
You've been with the Lord
And just like Peter
Peter is now catching more hell
As the new Peter
Than the old Peter ( Explain ) The new you been thru Divorce; Cancer; Layoff; friends forsaking you; sickness
But the church underestimated Peter
Don't underestimate your situation
Because you've been with the Lord
You might not know a lot of scripture
But friends & family better not underestimate you
You might not preach like Peter but don't underestimate You might not know a lot of scripture but don't underestimate me You might not pray like some people don't underestimate
They are praying for Peter
But they don't believe
Peter is going to survive this
1st They knew the History of Herod Hand ( V. 1 )
2nd They knew the Persecution Pointed at Peter ( V. 4 )
3rd They knew the Day He was Determine to Die ( V. 4 )
Herod said in verse 4
As soon as the Passover
Is completed
I'm taking Peter out
Herod made a public declaration
As soon as the feast of the unleavened bread
The Passover is done
I’m bring Peter out
And Peter is going to die
The Passover feast was a 7 day feast
And when you look at verse 6
Verse 6 suggest
That this deliverance of Peter
Took place the night prior
To Passover being completed
Passover is a 7 day feast
When Peter first got to prison
The Saints started praying
But the night before the completion
Of the Passover
Peter is still in jail
They've been praying for Peter
But nothing ain't happen YET
And here it is
The night before
Peter is to be executed
God hadn’t moved YET
And because God hadn’t move YET
They are starting to doubt
Whether or not God is going to do it
Because there was a deadline in place
And the deadline is getting close
And God haven't fixed it YET
You are starting to doubt if God is going to do it
But somebody should have gotten excited
Because if you want to know
What God can do
Just look back at what He has already done
Herod was trying to wait
Til Passover
But know that there’s
Something special about Passover
Because the Passover historically
Is the time
When God allowed
The death angel
To pass through Egypt
And skip over
Those houses that had
Blood on the door post
The Passover was not a time
When things died
But it was a time
When things was delivered
The text is Tailored to teachers us
That Herod made a mistake
Herod should have killed Peter
Prior to the Passover
But the Devil made a mistake
With you
He should have killed you
Before you got SAVED
1st They knew the History of Herod Hand ( V. 1 )
2nd They knew the Persecution Pointed at Peter ( V. 4 )
3rd They knew the Day He was Determine to Die ( V. 4 )
1st They Prayed Endlessly
2nd They Prayed Entirely
3rd They Prayed Exclusively
4th They didn’t pray Expectingly
Preached @
4’s - Pastor Betty Tillman
Solid Rock Baptist Church
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