Earnest, fervent prayers will move physical “things”. (Objects and people) and cause situations to change.
Earnest, fervent prayers came from “this group” of believers in Acts 12:1-5.
"Earnest" in the Greek means fervent or "very hot."
"Earnest" in the Dictionary means "serious state of mind, intense."
1 About that time Herod the king laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. 2 He killed James the brother of John with the sword; 3 and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread. 4 And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people. 5 So Peter was kept in prison; but earnest prayer
for him was made to God by the church
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(Click here to read Acts 12:1-17)
I believe some people need to witness things happening in the physical realm. The desired change needs to be manifested in their lives. At times people need to be placed somewhere else. People need supernatural help.
When people get sick and tired of being sick and tired, they will do something about it. Otherwise they will continue to be passive and live with it.
If God desires a change in our life, and we are aware of it, and we do nothing about it life will be a monotonous boring routine, unfulfilled, in a rut, humdrum, dull, same old thing. In other words we will be sick and tired of being sick and tired! But if the decision is made to believe God for the proper change in our life with some earnest fervent and intense prayer, be ready for some supernatural God-change.
Acts 12:6 (Commentary note)
“yet in this state he slept as quietly as if there had been no danger, and it was necessary that he should be roused even by an angel to contemplate his condition and to make his escape. There is nothing that will give quiet rest and gentle sleep so certainly as a conscience void of offence; and in the midst of imminent dangers, he who confides in God may rest securely and calmly.” (from Barnes' Notes)