Journey Through John – Chapter 13


After my wife and I dated for a bit, I knew she was my lobster. When I finally scraped up enough money to afford an engagement ring, I concocted a plan and set things in motion to perform a proposal that could not be rejected. I must admit that I am not fond of the pressure of a proposal (Especially today. There’s the added stress of a proposal photograph session and/or arranging all your and your wife-to-be’s friends to be present and some exotic local, waiting to celebrate her affirmation to your request.) I planned an evening at the beach followed by a nice dinner in PCB. The evening was to conclude with a candlelit room where I would wash her feet, give her a speech about love and pop the question.

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Exegetical Notes: Acts 12:5-7

5 So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.

“So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made” – The context and actions of Herod described in verses 1-4, seem like certain death for Peter. In moments of difficulty (no matter the intensity of the difficulty), believers should turn to God for both hope and answers. 

”casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Pe 5:7.

“earnest prayer” – pertaining to an unceasing activity, normally involving a degree of intensity and/or perseverance—‘without ceasing, continuously, constantly.’
 Johannes P. Louw and Eugene Albert Nida, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains (New York: United Bible Societies, 1996), 655.

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