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

I read this verse in context this morning and I realized that just before Peter had been put in prison – James had been killed for the faith.

Can you imagine this situation? Two pillars of the church and Apostles of Jesus are being condemned to death and imprisonment for the Gospel. The first one is put to death with the sword. Gone. Dead. Down an Apostle. The second one is about to be tried and most assuredly condemned to death as well.

What do you do when the pillars start to shake? When two of your best “God-things” seem to be under attack?

Like when the job you believe is from God starts to go very badly?
Like when your ministry gets attacked?
Like when your marriage starts to hit the skids?

I love the church’s response. They could have given up. They could have said, “We are down two, let’s cut our loses and move on.”

NOPE. They prayed earnestly.

And that’s what we need to do. Never give up praying just because your down. Even after you’ve blown it, or someone else has blown it for you. Pray.

James 5:16, The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

You and God are always enough. Never give up. Even when the going’s tough.