“So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” Acts 12:5.
There is “praying” and then there is “praying earnestly.”
I often pray but do I pray earnestly?
The folks in today’s story had plenty to be concerned about. One of their members had been killed. Another had been arrested and would likely be killed. Who among them would be next?
And so they hid and prayed. I doubt that they sat in a circle and someone said, “Pray around the circle and I’ll close.” It was much more intense than that. These folks were pounding on heaven’s door!
I know that when I realized recently that I had lost my glasses, I prayed earnestly.
Am I committed to pressing toward a result when I pray or are my prayers so casual and general that almost any result will do?
These folks had great fears and were Godly enough to know to turn directly to God. There was nothing else they could do.
Maybe when I get into casually praying, I’m subtly thinking that if God doesn’t answer, as I ask, there is still a safe landing in play.
When I don’t know what to do in a situation, I have put myself in a perfect place to rely entirely on God. I lose my self-confidence. God has the answer I need and I trust Him to serve up His answer for me.
Conclusion: If I am not praying to Him earnestly, do I have in mind other options other than Him?