Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 30 April 2022 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – The Power Of Prayer (V)
TOPIC: The Power Of Prayer (V) (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Devotional 30 April 2022)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Joshua 17, Joshua 18, John 1:29-51, Proverbs 10:31-32, Proverbs 11:1-8
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Acts 12:1-19 (KJV)
1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.
2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)
4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.
7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.
8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.
9 And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.
10 When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.
11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.
12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.
13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.
14 And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.
15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.
16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.
17 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place.
18 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter.
19 And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there abode.
MEMORY VERSE: “10 When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. 11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.” – Acts 12:10-11
Don’t give up on God; He has not, and will never give up on you.
PRAISE AND WORSHIP:
Take praise and worship songs as led by the Holy Spirit.
PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY:
EVERY PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL IRON GATE; CAGING YOUR DESTINY IS HEREBY OPEN AND YOU ARE SET FREE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
MFM Devotional For Today MESSAGE:
Finally, on the power of prayer, we want to look at another dimension of prayer whereby the power of God still moves without any reservation. I mean the prayer of intercession by which you stand in the gap for someone else. This can be anybody, family, place, situation, etc. You probably have prior knowledge of the situation or it may be by the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Most people don’t have much problem praying for themselves and their immediate family members, but to start praying for someone else outside their immediate caucus is a big deal for them.
In our text today, King Herod had succeeded in killing Apostle James and got accolades from the Jews for a job well done. Then he went ahead and took Peter, kept him in prison with a plan to kill him after Easter. The Bible says: “Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him” (Acts 12:5).
In this case, Peter didn’t do the praying by himself. In fact, the Bible affirms that he was fast asleep in the prison while the entire church was holding vigil on his behalf. It is written: “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24). God heard them and sent an angel to go and miraculously set him free, even Peter himself could not initially comprehend what was happening to him.
His deliverance was so amazing that, even the praying church in the house of Mary the mother of John Mark refused to believe Rhoda that Peter was actually back from prison. The Bible says: “…. they were astonished” (Acts 12:16b). Become an intercessor today and an instrument of deliverance to someone somewhere from satanic captivity, affliction, poverty or even death. May God raise genuine intercessors for you too and do amazing things in your life, in Jesus’ name.
- O God, arise and give me the miracle that will shock my enemies, surprise my friends and amaze me, in the name of Jesus.
- The miracle that will cause confusion in the camp of my enemies, manifest in my life now by fire, in the name of Jesus.
- I cancel every evil expectation concerning my life, in the name of Jesus.
- Powers challenging the power of God in my life, shut up and die, in the name of Jesus.
- O God, arise and deliver me from my physical and spiritual captivity, in the name of Jesus.
- Chains of darkness binding my hands and my legs, break and release me, in the name of Jesus.
- Father Lord, raise genuine intercessors for me, in the name of Jesus.
MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)