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Focus Verses: Acts 12:12-15
this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of
John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying.
13 Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door. 14 When she recognized Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, "Peter is at the door!" 15 "You're out of your mind," they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, "It must be his angel." 16 But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.
always encouraged by how surprised the
believers praying for Peter were when he showed up at their door. When
the servant girl went to answer the door during the prayer time and
returned with news that Peter was standing at the door, they practically
told her to stop bothering them. They were too busy praying for Peter
to expect an answer to their prayers. They told her, “You’re crazy.”
They told her she had probably seen an angel. It’s almost funny to see
a group of people praying so fervently to God for Peter's release,
and yet so unprepared for their prayer to be answered. I'm like that too!
Response and Action:
amount of my faith is not as important as the object of my faith.
It's good for me to pray for all my concerns, even though I may not be
able to grasp or expect the way God will answer my prayers. God can
and may do more than I am able to ask or imagine. Prayers are not
dependent upon the mind of those praying, but rather upon the will of
the God to whom they pray. I will lift up my requests and petitions to
God, knowing that he may answer my prayers in ways I am not
O God, thank you for
your power to answer prayer. Give me the faith and boldness to come
to you with every need and concern. Thank you that your answers to my
prayers are not dependent upon my ability to anticipate what they will
be. Give me eyes that are ready to recognize your answers to my
prayers, and give me a mouth that is ready to give you praise for
them. Through Christ, I pray. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Ephesians 3:20-21
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
The God Who Hears
by W. Bingham Hunter