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Acts 12: 1-11

Faith

 1 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. 2 He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. 3 When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. 4 After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.

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

 6 The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. 7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.

 8 Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. 9 Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. 10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.

 11 Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.”

King Herod had just killed James. Herod was so pleased with the response he had received from the Jews that he was going to kill Peter next. It is the night before Peter may very well be executed. His last night on earth. How will he be executed? Beheaded? Ran through with a sword? Set on fire? Would you be wondering these things if you were in Peter's shoes the night before your death? I know I would. What was Peter doing? SLEEPING! Sleeping between 2 guards. How great must Peter's faith have been to be sleeping between these guards, I would have been stressed, worried and unable to sleep.

It is so easy to worry about my every day troubles. Worry about my health, worry about my family's health, worry about money, worry about my job but all of this worrying accomplishes nothing. In fact it shows God that I do not have faith in him. I need to remember that if Peter can sleep peacefully on the night of his potential death I don't need to lose sleep over my insignificant every day troubles. If God is with me, who can stand against me?

Forgive me for when I worry. I realize that my worry is simply a lack of faith and I ask that in times of worry and stress I can remember the example Peter set on the night of his potential death. You are the almighty God, creator of all and with you I have no reason to worry.