“So Peter was kept in prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God” (Acts 12:5).
Praying for one another is no small thing in congregational life. The exchange of Sunday pleasantries, smiling faces, and the putting forth of our best behavior can leave the impression that all is well among the saints. The more likely reality is that the greater number crossing our path are imprisoned in various forms–fear, grief, disappointment, anxiety, worry, addiction. If a rock like Peter needed the prayers of the church, so do we. It is from lives intertwined by a common faith that a fellowship of prayer springs forth.