People handle stress in different ways. I feel that I do not handle it well, while others can process it, and continue to sort through it all. I have been a Christian for many years, and I have cried out to the Lord many times for strength and often times, He will renew my strength even though it will not be the way I had prayed for it to happen. Sometimes I want Him to send a divine sign to me to give me assurance,but this does not happen, often it will be silent and then I will realize that He has calmed the storm.
In Acts chapter 12, James the brother of John had been killed with the sword. When Herod saw that it pleased the Jews he decided to take Peter as well. They took him, and were going to kill him after Easter, BUT, there were people praying. Verse 5, “Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.” The prayer of these people, I believe,was kinda like when Aaron and Hur held up the arms of Moses while he was praying for the battle that Israel was fighting, their prayers gave Peter peace and sustained him, because in verse 6, it said that he was sleeping between two guards. The guards were losing sleep, and were ordered to keep an eye on him, but Peter was resting and sleeping. He was not afraid,and he was not worried. Verse 7,”And behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up,saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.”
So here we have Peter, in prison, bound, between two guards, and yet he was sleeping. The angel had to wake him up. He was sleeping good! Peter trusted God, and he knew that no matter what, he was in God’s hands. This reminds me of another passage, when Jesus was asleep in the boat, and the storm was raging, and His disciples could not understand how He could be asleep, and they didn’t understand that He seemed not to care that they were going to die. Peter had come a long way, hadn’t he. He had come from a fearful doubting person, to an obedient, humble, faithful servant of Christ.
God knows what you’re going through, He understands that we are like Peter and the other disciples, when we ask, Master carest Thou not that we die? He understands, but He wants us to pray without ceasing, to increase our faith in Him, and then He wants us to rest, knowing that He has everything in control, He has the final say. He cares about your problems and He has not left you, just hold on and soon the chains that hold you will drop beside you. Rest in Him, believe in Him, and allow Him to show you His marvelous wonders.