The miraculous will happen when you engage in the battle through constant and unceasing prayer.
We see a powerful example of this in the account of Peter's deliverance. It came after Herod ordered that he be kept under extreme restraint: in prison bound by chains between two soldiers, locked up, with guards before the door securing the prison. Scripture reports that he was sleeping despite this trial: "And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison" (Acts 12:6, NKJV).
While there was a delay in Peter's trial, the church of Jesus Christ acted to fight for his release through constant and unceasing prayer to God. "Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church" (Acts 12:5). This constancy in prayer for the preservation of Peter's life as well as his freedom ushered in an angel of the Lord, bringing about his timely release.
Scripture says, "Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, 'Arise quickly!' And his chains fell off his hands" (Acts 12:7,). Peter then followed the angel.
Because of the church's constant and unceasing prayer, an angel of God appeared, and Peter was delivered. We too can engage in the persistent act of unceasing prayer when someone close to us is bound or caught in a trial of any kind. When we pray in this way, the first thing God will do is deliver the person we are praying for out of demonic oppression or possession, as can often be the case with diagnoses of autism, Asperger's or obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Likewise, an angel of the Lord will often appear to me during the night to tell me a certain person will come to our church service the next day. I receive a brief as to the clothing they will wear so I know the specific person I need to pray for, although it is always someone I have never met. When I see that person walk into the church, sure enough, they are wearing that exact clothing.
From the time the angel of the Lord appears to me until the time I see the person in the church, I remain in constant and unceasing prayer for them. When I ask them to come forward for prayer as a part of the service, God moves over their life in a powerful way.
I recall years ago, praying for some of my friends who had not yet given their hearts to Jesus. Almost 25 years passed before they finally made that decision. Our imaginations are powerful and can often race off in different directions. For this reason, each of us needs to capture our imagination and train it to focus on prayer and praise to the Lord.
Please don't stop praying just because you haven't seen a change in the time frame you would like. Prayer should be constant, not willy-nilly. To see the breakthrough you long for, you must adopt a culture and lifestyle of constant and unceasing prayer.
Constant and unceasing prayer also brings discernment. Acts 12:11 says, "When Peter had come to himself, he said, 'Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.'" The Message paraphrase of this passage helps us understand Peter's faith-filled excitement: "That's when Peter realized it was no dream. 'I can't believe it—this really happened! The Master sent his angel and rescued me from Herod's vicious little production and the spectacle the Jewish mob was looking forward to."
You see, God wants His people to know His angels and His Holy Spirit are real. I am often asked why, when I pray for a person, a change takes place in their situation. I assure you, when you adopt a culture of constant and unceasing prayer in your life, you too will see circumstances change—for the glory of God.
Reg Morais is the senior pastor of Living Faith Community Church, launched from Anoint the World Ministries, which he founded 15 years prior. Each week he runs seven services, reaching a global audience through social media platforms. Learn more about him and his ministry at regmorais.com.
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