When Bad Times Strike

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Text: Acts 12:1-18

Though a lot of bad things are occurring, we, Christians, are not exempted to these events. As said, ‘Hope for the best and anticipate the worst’. But the question is: Why do the good die young?

1. Bad things happen to good people (v.1-2)

When he had seized him, he put him in prison, handing him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him. Herod planned to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.
-Acts 12:4

It is hard to explain when faithful people experience bad events. Like Peter, he was spared to death but was jailed. But why did God allow such? When people are persecuted for the wrong reasons, God is always the suspect. Felt going something different and can’t go out?

Because Christ also suffered once for sins,
the just for the unjust, to bring you to God, by being put to death
in the flesh but by being made alive in the spirit.
-1 Peter
3:18

2. Prayer is good for people who suffer bad

Why do people get problem prioritizing God?

It is better to take shelter in the Lord than to trust in people.
-Psalms 118:8

Nowadays, a lot of people are missing out prayer gatherings. We are like jailed. We prefer to do other stuffs than to stop and say a prayer for the church, nation, friends and fellow believers.

Remember: We can be jailed in because of sin due to
problems, sickness and the like.

But what did the church do when Peter was jailed? In verse 5, the Church earnestly prayed for Peter.

So Peter was kept in prison, but those in the church were earnestly praying to God for him.
-Acts 12:5

What do we have to do to those who are jailed in? One word: Pray.

3. Prayer can have unbelievable results! (V.15-17)

Even the believers found it unbelievable. Peter left the jail and the believers were really amazed! We are sometimes forgetful in thanking God. But it is so unbelievable that He still got us! It doesn’t matter what jail we’re in. He will never forget any of our prayer. God brings us out of the hardest
situations when we pray. He answers even with a little faith.

As we stride along this life, we must take our prayer lives to the next level.

4. Pray specific.

Are we close to God? How close? Remember: When it comes to asking, it shows how close one person is to another.

We cannot simply get results or answers when we don’t have a relationship to someone. In fact, we tend to be shy in asking something. But when we bear a personal relationship to someone, asking a favor is simple. Likewise, when we have a strong and intimate relationship with God, asking specifically, is never difficult. Plus, we have confidence that our Lord hears and listens to our requests. Big things happen when we pray. So when bad times strike, we should strike back in prayer.

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When Bad Times Strike
By Ptr. Jordan Escusa
Taytay First Church of the Nazarene
English Service
January 13, 2013

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