“You’re crazy!” they told her. But she kept insisting that it was true. Then they said, “It’s his angel!” Peter, however, kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astounded.Acts 12:15-16
At times I’m embarrassed by the lack of faith that I can have. I often pray big prayers and come to God and ask Him for answers, however sometimes I don’t appreciate the time between me praying the prayer and God answering it. I have been enjoying reading the book of Acts, and chapter 12 is one that reminds me of how I can struggle and lose faith in my prayers. Peter has been arrested for sharing his faith as he helped spread the gospel and grow the early church. It goes on to say “After the arrest, King Herod put him in prison and assigned four squads of four soldiers each to guard him, intending to bring him out to the people after the Passover. So Peter was kept in prison, but prayer was being made earnestly to God for him by the church” (vs. 4, 5).
So, while Peter was kept in prison, the church was praying in earnest for him. Later that evening, Peter is rescued and freed from prison in an incredible story that I encourage you to read Acts 12:6-11. After Peter is freed he goes to the house of Mary where many people had assembled to pray for him. When he knocks on the door a woman named Rhoda answers the door, after recognizing Peter’s voice. Filled with joy, she runs back and announces to the group that Peter is standing at the door. “You’re crazy!” they tell her. But she keeps insisting that it is true and Peter continues to knock. When they finally open the door and see him, they are astounded (vs 15-16).
This miraculous story is a daily reminder to me about my faith and attitude towards prayer. Although they prayed for Peter — and likely prayed for his release, when told by Rhoda that it had miraculously happened, all they could do was tell her that she was crazy. My encouragement to you today is to offer prayers in faith — prayers that might seem to people who lack faith like it would be crazy if God answered them, and to have faith to never forget the incredible power that God has as He always answers our prayers. And, do not think you’re crazy if in His time God answers your prayers in ways that are far more miraculous than what you could have thought or imagined.
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