Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 2:13-3:15 / Acts 11:19-12:19 / Proverbs 15:1-10
Have you ever asked God for something and then were surprised when He answered your prayer? We pray in faith, believe God will answer and then find ourselves in disbelief when God comes through. I think we all have had times in our lives when that has happened.
King Herod had James beheaded, persecuted the church and arrested Peter, knowing his actions gained him favor with the Jews. Peter was imprisoned and placed in the custody of 16 guards. (Acts 12:4) The church was under extensive persecution and Peter’s life was certainly in jeopardy. “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” (vs.5)
The church went to prayer and earnestly interceded undoubtedly for his protection and release. They never imagined things would turn out the way it did. An angel went to Peter, woke him up, and escorted him past all the guards and through the prison gate that opened by itself. Peter thought it was a dream…until he was standing outside the prison. He was miraculously freed by God’s divine hand.
He went to Mary’s house where the prayer meeting was being held. As he knocked on the door, a servant girl heard peter’s voice and told them that Peter was at the door. They thought she was delusional yet Peter continued to knock. When they opened the door, they were astonished.
I am thankful that God answers prayer and performs miracles despite us. Faith is certainly required yet the smallest of faith unlocks prison doors. We are simply called to pray and leave the results up to God…He will do more than we can ever ask or think!