Praying for the Impossible

Lee DeYoung

READ : Acts 12:1-18

Does it really make sense to keep praying for the impossible? The Jewish believers who worried about Peter’s imprisonment probably pondered this same question. Herod had already executed James and seemed determined to do the same to Peter. Prison security was prohibitively tight. Nevertheless, “the church was earnestly praying to God for him” (v. 5).

At first, Peter thought he was dreaming when an angel appeared and helped him escape miraculously. When Peter fled to a friend’s house “where many people had gathered and were praying” (v. 12), they couldn’t believe he was really there. “When they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished” (v. 16). Even as these believers prayed together for Peter, they did so not really expecting the Lord to rescue him. Yet God answered their prayers!

Although many doubt that the gospel can successfully penetrate the Arab world, pray today for the Yemeni and Egyptian Arabs (of Yemen and Egypt), the Levant Arabs (of Syria, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon), and the Bedouins (of Saudi Arabia and North Africa). In parts of Yemen, 15% of the non-Christian population now listens to FEBA Radio’s Arabic broadcasts. At the same time, Words of HOPE programs over FEBA and Trans World Radio attract a monthly average of 300 listener letters mostly from non-Christians. For our Sovereign Lord, nothing is impossible!


May the Arab world sing praises to Jesus forever. Amen.