Imagine the scene. After his fearless preaching Peter has been thrown into prison. He is guarded by four squads of four soldiers and bound with chains behind a locked door. Sixteen!

But this is no problem to God. What are the church doing meanwhile – praying earnestly. What a lovely word. My dictionary says to be earnest is to be serious, determined, with zeal. In a few verses we read that God has intervened, Peter is free.

Do we, do I pray earnestly, as Jesus did in the garden of Gethsemene? Or are we, am I half-hearted, weak-hearted, and faint-hearted?