Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Prayed to Freedom

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

Thursday, December 2, started like the other days that week. The hospice nurse arrived. We talked with doctors and pharmacies. We made preparations to get us through the coming weekend.

Suddenly, Peter’s breathing changed. We gathered around, lovingly cheering him home. Then he was gone. That fast. That quickly. That completely. As the Word promised, it happened in the twinkling of an eye.

Eventually we started calling family and friends. As we talked with our small group Bible study members, they shared how they had met the night before, spending the night in prayer for Peter, for us…asking God to be merciful.

It reminded me of the story in Acts 12. The Apostle Peter sat in prison, awaiting trial and execution by King Herod. But the night before he was to go before the king, the church met to pray. While they prayed, an angel appeared to Peter, released him from bondage, and led him to freedom.

Similarly, while my Peter lay bound within his disease wracked body, our church prayed. And that Thursday morning, Jesus released him from his bondage and led him to freedom. Our medical team expected him to hold on for 3-4 more days. But God, in his mercy, set him free… quickly and without distress. He allowed us the brief final moment to share our love, reaffirm how proud we were of him, and encourage him on his way, promising to see him soon. God was truly merciful.

I love the similarities. I love the beauty of the church praying one to freedom.

I know this story is short and simple. But it's precious to me. What it lacks in detail, it makes up for in truth. For friend, I don’t know what bondage you find yourself in, but our God promises to set the captives free. Know I am praying, no matter your circumstances, that you will experience the freedom that comes from knowing Him.

1 comment:

  1. Juli,

    Your writing is so beautiful and hopeful, your thoughts and hope stay with me long after I've finished reading. I may not write each week, but I look forward and read each post carefully and many times.

    Please tell Peter's grandmother that her post was beautiful as well.

    Thank you for your reminders that we will see our children again, that this is all planned, and we will someday understand. Thank you for your honesty, I know how very much you miss Peter ~ how could you not, he was an extraordinary boy!

    Love, Carol