“But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him.”Acts 12:5
Have you watched the reality show Alone on the History Channel? Its premise is simple – place 10 individuals in the wilderness to survive on his/her own & see who lasts the longest. They are completely cut off from all civilization & humanity. After 7 seasons the longest someone has remained alone is 100 days in the Arctic.
Each contestant is completely alone. There is no camera crew to capture the footage for them. They film everything themselves. About once a week they receive medical check-ups but otherwise they see no other human being. Most contestants reflect on the loved ones they miss and wanting to get back to them. Some tap out because they simply want to be with their loved ones. All contestants process what it means to be alone and how difficult it is to thrive completely alone.
During our study through Acts we see in each chapter how God does not have the apostles or followers be on his/her own. God sends out the apostles at least in pairs, like Paul & Barnabas. We read continually how the followers gathered together almost daily to share life together. They live in community ensuring that no one felt alone.
This week’s chapter we read how Peter got in trouble again for preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ. He was arrested by the Israelite king, Herod and thrown into jail. He awaited his trial when the Holy Spirit intervened to release him from jail and return him to the believers. (I love how Rhoda was so surprised she kept the door closed on Peter. Check it out.)
Peter may have been arrested but he was not alone. The believers showed how they we were with him in spirit when they prayed earnestly for him. They would not forget their brother Peter. They loved him in words and actions. They lifted him up in prayer to plead with God for Peter’s safekeeping while he was in jail.
As we continue in this pandemic we can feel alone ourselves. We are not able to spend time with family and friends as we are accustomed to being together. We video chat with each other but it’s not the same. Perhaps we are experiencing our own season of Alone right now.
Hear this: You are not alone. As a follower of Jesus Christ you belong to the family of God. We are connected to one another when we worship God. We lift up one another in prayer trusting one another into God’s care.
If you feel alone reach out to a friend. Connect with a small group to share life together. Pray to God to bring you comfort. You can leave a message on any of our social media accounts to connect.
As you study this chapter read how God was present with Peter in jail. Note how Peter was followed the angel when he was woken up in the middle of the night. Model the prayers of the followers when they were at Mary’s house.
May you go about your day, your week remembering you are not alone. You belong to God. You belong to God’s family. Be connected with the followers of Jesus through prayer, worship, fellowship via Zoom.
This Week’s Challenge
Complete this sentence: When I feel alone I will reach out to________________ by ______________________.