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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 expecting.
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