Our First Reading from Acts 12 deals with Peter in prison. The text reads: "While Peer was kept in prison, the church prayed fervently to God for him." Then an angel of the Lord appeared to free Peter from his chains. He then leaves the prison believing that he must be seeing a vision. Note here that the church prayed for him. We can never discount the power of the church praying for someone who is in need.
The Second Reading is from 2 Timothy where Paul mentions to Timothy that he is coming to the end his life: "As for me I am already being poured out as a libation and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." Would you be able to have this same confidence at the end of your life?
Yes, these two servants of the Lord did meet up on several occasions. At one time their was a major disagreement over eating in the presence of Gentiles.
Needless to say, both of them had their trying times in doing the Lord's work. Yet, they endured until the end and to receive their reward of eternal life.
Discipleship Questions for Reflection
Do you find it hard sometimes "keeping the faith" in your own life?
What kind of resume would you want to see from someone wanting to be in the Lord's service?